The Organization of Hacienda Labor during the Mexican Revolution: Evidence from Yucatán

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2014-06-01
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Mattiace, Shannan
Nonnenmacher, Tomas
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Mexican economic history , Mexican Revolution , labor mobility , henequen , Maya , peasants , debt , Salvador Alvarado , haciendas , Yucatán
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Beginning in 1914, Yucatecan revolutionary governors promulgated a series of decrees that liberated and regulated labor on henequen haciendas. The first of these decrees banned debt peonage, immediately weakening the pre-revolutionary labor regime, which was based on a mixture of paternalism and coercion. Using census and hacienda data, we show how hacendados and workers adapted to institutional changes and market shocks, allowing output and investment to increase after the Revolution. While there was considerable continuity in the methods of contracting before and after the Revolution, market participants exhibited agility in shifting among multiple contractual forms.
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"Published as Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos Vol. 30, Issue 2, Summer 2014, pages 366–396. issn 0742- 9797, electronic issn 1533-8320. © 2014 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/r/ucal, or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com."
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The Organization of Hacienda Labor during the Mexican Revolution: Evidence from Yucatán Author(s): Shannan Mattiace and Tomas Nonnenmacher Source: Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer 2014), pp. 366-396.
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