Historically, Mexico's great trade potential rested in its oil reserves and precious metals. Most of its oil, however, was mortgaged to foreign concessionaires under the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. Following Diaz's 30-year rule, change came under the leadership of Lazaro Cardenas, who created a fair formula for redistributing land and making it available to the landless peasantry. Cardenas then turned to the problems of the Catholic Church and launched a vigorous campaign to build new schools and recruit thousands of teachers. His leadership was ultimately tested in his battle to undermine foreign control over the oil and mineral resources of the country. The Mexican Way chartered by Cardenas offered a peaceful transition from a feudal society to a modern welfare state.
1 VHS use copy [In Course of Our Times Collection, Box 2]
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 29]
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