Mexican Revolution Lesson for Kids: Timeline & Outcome

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

A revolution is a forced change in the way a country is ruled. In the early 20th century, there was a revolution in Mexico. Learn about the events of the Mexican Revolution and how it changed Mexico's government.

The Mexican Revolution?

You're about to hear a story about power-hungry characters who were willing to do bad things to get their way. The scary thing is that the events of this story happened in Mexico in the early 1900s during the Mexican Revolution, which was a violent conflict that happened between 1910 and 1920 that changed the way Mexico was ruled.


Before the Revolution

1876 - The story begins 34 years earlier. That's when Porfirio Diaz became the president of Mexico.

Diaz ruled like a dictator

Diaz liked being president. In fact, he liked it so much that he rigged elections, changed rules, and used violence to stay in power. These actions made Diaz more of a dictator than a president, and the Mexican people didn't like it. A dictator is a person who commands total power over a country.

The Revolution Begins

1910 - Francisco Madero decided to run for the presidency against Diaz. Diaz didn't like that someone was challenging his position, so he made up lies and had Madero thrown in prison.

Madero became president after Diaz

Madero got back at Diaz by writing a plan that inspired Mexicans to fight against Diaz on November 20, 1910. The revolution had begun! Battles were led by people like Pancho Villa and Pascual Orozco in the north and Emiliano Zapata in the south.

1911 - On May 25, Diaz resigned as president and Madero was elected the new president later that year.

If the Mexican Revolution were a fairy tale, then we could end the story here by saying that everyone lived happily ever after. But that's not what happened.

Madero Didn't Work Out

Even though Madero, Villa, Orozco, and Zapata fought on the same side, they didn't agree on how to rule Mexico, and soon competed for power against each other.

1913 - To make matters worse, Felix Diaz, the nephew of Porfirio Diaz, also wanted power and started an army. From February 9-19, Diaz' army fought Madero's army.

The U.S. saw how crazy Mexico had become under Madero's rule, and helped to get Madero thrown out of power.

Victoriano Huerta, who had been the leader of Madero's army, stepped into power with the blessings of the U.S.

Huerta Didn't Work Out

1914 - Huerta did not turn out to be a good president. He got power hungry, and soon there was a plan to remove him from power led by Pancho Villa, Alvaro Obregon, and Venustiano Carranza. The plan was successful, and Carranza became the provisional president, which made the U.S. happy, but Villa mad.

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