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A part of the series of revolutions taking place in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century involved the rise of the peasant class. The movement affecting the rural classes is referred to as the Agrarian Movement. The central aspect of the Agrarian Movement was the breaking up of large haciendas or estates into smaller units with the intention of having groups of Mexican farmers operate them for their own use. It was not a communist movement in the Russian sense, but rather an attempt to put land ownership into the hands of the native peons who for generations had been virtual serfs to large land owners. At times Mennonites who had settled in Mexico became fearful lest the Agrarian Movement encroach on their land holdings. There was, however, small justification for these fears, since the Mexican government protected Mennonite land holdings, and at no time were they in danger.

Author(s) J. Winfield Fretz
Date Published 1955

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Fretz, J. Winfield. "Agrarian Movement (Mexico)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 25 May 2016.

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Fretz, J. Winfield. (1955). Agrarian Movement (Mexico). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2016, from

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