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The Wind That Swept Mexico: the history of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1942

text Anita Brenner; 184 historical photographs assembled by George R. Leighton

image index by number (1-184) and photographic credit where known

Brenner on her sources; chronology

Other web resources

This book, originally published in hardback by Harper & Brothers in 1943, is once again available, in a 1971 paperback edition from the University of Texas Press. The book is divided in two: Brenner's essay in four sections comes first, but is not included in this on-line reproduction. What is available here is the photographic section of the book: 184 images covering the history of the revolution, each with a caption drawn from Brenner's essay. The photos represent the work of a variety of photographers, assembled by Leighton. His brief essay on the role of photography in documenting the revolution is also included here, as well as the chronology, and credits for photographers where names were known. These images were scanned from the original 1943 edition.

At the book's close, speaking of her sources (eye witnesses, biographies and memoirs, statistical sources) Brenner notes that this was the first time the story of the revolution was "put together" in English. Speaking of herself in the third person, Brenner notes: "She does know that enough checking and digging has been done through a good many years, to make her sure that she has arrived at a more complete, accurate and fair account than has so far been published." Later historians agree, and have given Brenner and Leighton much deserved credit for producing a clear and basic account of this turbulent, often confusing history.

Select the image or the arrow to go to the next page. Arrows above the image will take you forward or backward through the book. Captions are at the bottom of each image, and depending on your screen size, you may have to scroll down to read them.

Below: George Leighton's essay on the photographs -- select any page to enlarge; use the back button to return.
1.
Brown Brothers
(Pablo Viau)
2.
F. L. Clarke
3.
Brown Brothers
(F. L. Clarke)
4.
Brown Brothers
(C. B. Waite)
5.
Casasola
6.
International
7.
International
8.
Brown Brothers
9.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
10.
International
11.
Underwood
& Underwood
12.
Underwood
& Underwood
13.
Underwood
& Underwood
14.
Brown Brothers
15.
Keystone View
16.
Fritz Henle
17.
Fritz Henle
18.
International
19.
Underwood
& Underwood
20.
Brown Brothers
21.
International
22.
Brown Brothers
23.
International
24.
Brown Brothers
25.
Casasola
26.
Brown Brothers
27.
Ewing Galloway
28.
Brown Brothers
29.
Brown Brothers
30.
Brown Brothers
31.
Brown Brothers
32.
Brown Brothers
33.
Casasola
34.
Casasola
35.
Keystone View
36.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
37.
Mexican Travel Bureau
38.
Ewing Galloway
39.
Steinheimer-Pix
40.
Keystone View
41.
unknown
42.
Brown Brothers
43.
Brown Brothers
44.
Casasola
45.
Brown Brothers
46.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
47.
Keystone View
(Robert Dorman)
48.
Brown Brothers
49.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
50.
International
51.
International
52.
International
53.
Underwood
& Underwood
54.
Brown Brothers
(Lee)
55.
Brown Brothers
(Mexican Herald Photo)
56.
Brown Brothers
57.
Brown Brothers
58.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
59.
Acme News Pictures
(Robert Dorman)
60.
International
61.
Brown Brothers
62.
Underwood
& Underwood
63.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
64.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
65.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
66.
Underwood
& Underwood
67.
Brown Brothers
68.
Acme News Pictures
(Robert Dorman)
69.
Underwood
& Underwood
70.
Keystone View
71.
Modotti
(from an old negative)
72.
Casasola
73.
Casasola
74.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
75.
Brown Brothers
76.
Pix (Casasola)
77.
Brown Brothers
78.
Casasola
79.
Underwood
& Underwood
80.
Casasola
81.
Underwood
& Underwood
82.
Casasola
83.
Keystone View
84.
International
85.
European Picture Service
(Edward L. Tinker)
86.
Brown Brothers
87.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
88.
Underwood
& Underwood
89.
Brown Brothers
90.
Brown Brothers
91.
Underwood
& Underwood
92.
Casasola
93.
unknown
94.
unknown
95.
Keystone View
96.
unknown
97.
Brown Brothers
98.
Underwood
& Underwood
99.
International
100.
Brown Brothers
101.
Acme News Pictures
102.
Underwood
& Underwood
103.
International
(Vargas)
104.
International
(Vargas)
105.
International
106.
International
107.
International
108.
International
(rephotographed 1914, by International from an original by Casasola)
109.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
110.
International
111.
Brown Brothers
112.
Brown Brothers
113.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
114.
Ewing Galloway
115.
International
116.
International
117.
International
118.
International
119.
unknown
120.
Keystone View
(Gerald Brandon)
121.
Steinheimer-Pix
122.
Casasola
123.
Mexican Travel Bureau
124.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
125.
Steinheimer-Pix
126.
Keystone View
127.
Keystone View
128.
Casasola
129.
unknown
130.
Steinheimer-Pix
131.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
132.
unknown
133.
International
134.
Keystone View
135.
Casasola
136.
Ewing Galloway
137.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
138.
Keystone View
139.
Underwood
&Underwood
140.
European Picture Service
(Paul Thompson)
141.
Keystone View
142.
Fritz Henle
143.
Ewing Galloway
144.
International
145.
Steinheimer-Pix
146.
Anita Brenner
147.
Steinheimer-Pix
148.
Steinheimer-Pix
149.
unknown
150.
Julio Sosa
151.
Press Association
152.
Acme News Pictures
153.
Steinheimer-Pix
154.
Black Star
155.
Steinheimer-Pix
156.
Keystone View
157.
Black Star
158.
Pix
159.
International
160.
Acme News Pictures
161.
Pix
162.
Pix
163.
Fritz Henle
164.
Steinheimer-Pix
165.
Steinheimer-Pix
166.
Fritz Henle
167.
Ewing Galloway
168.
Pix
169.
Pix
170.
Pix
171.
Black Star
172.
Ewing Galloway
173.
European News Pictures
174.
Pix
175.
Pix
176.
Black Star
177.
Press Association
178.
Black Star
(Calleja)
179.
Black Star
(Doris Heydn)
180.
Pix
181.
Pix
182.
Pix
183.
Monkmeyer
(Silberstein)
184.
Black Star
(Calleja)
Other web resources:
The Agustin Casasola Archives, photo journalist of the Mexican Revolution see in the Casasola Museum
see also more of Casasola's work in a beautiful, informative book: Mexico The Revolution and Beyond
photographs by Augustin Victor Casasola 1900-1940; essay by Pete Hamill
English edition 2003, Aperture Foundation, Inc. hardback ISBN: 1-931788-22-7

El Indio, by Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes, translated by Anita Brenner with illustrations by Diego Rivera: Bobbs Merrill Company, Indianapolis and New York: 1937

Eduardo Galeano, award winning Uraguayan writer, thinker. Be sure to see The Open Veins of Latin America, Memory of Fire trilogy (Genesis, 1982; Faces and Masks, 1984; Century of the Wind, 1986)

Jose Guadalupe Posada, Public Domain Review, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Taller de Grafica Popular, the first ten years of the People's Graphic Workshop, Mexican political posters and prints 1937-1947