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Matthew Donohue


Few participants had as massive an impact on the course of the Mexican Revolution as Chihuahuan general Francisco “Pancho” Villa. In spite of his forces’ fierce guerrilla fighting style and the brutality with which he often struck, from the very outset of the revolutionary period Villa was perhaps the most media-ready figure embroiled in the military and political chaos. Though his physical war was fought (almost) entirely on Mexican soil, Villa saw a different approach to attaining a place in the most influential echelons of Mexican politics and government: wooing observers, civilian and governmental, in Mexico’s neighbor to the north.

Note on the Author

A transfer to BSU, Matt Donohue is a senior Political Science major in the American Politics concentration, as well as a Music minor. (What those two have to do with each other, he doesn’t know, but he loves them both dearly.) He wrote this paper in Spring 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Erin O’Connor (History), as part of an Honors Second-Year Seminar, HIST 299, on the Mexican Revolution. Matt hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science, and to someday teach at the post-secondary level.

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