Mennonite Colonization in Mexico and the Pendulum of Modernization, 1920-2013
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In 1921, the settlement of Canadian Old Colony Mennonites in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua served as a tool for reconstructing the region's agricultural economy following the devastating Revolution of 1910. In exchange for their colonization and investment in Mexico, Mennonites received guarantees that exempted them from Mexican land, education, health, and military laws. By the 1980s, however, Mexico undertook constitutional and economic reforms that rendered Old Colony exemptions from law obsolete and their agricultural model a relic of the past. While some Mennonites chose to flee for other locations in Latin America, others remained to face the challenges of security concerns and climate change. In the twenty-first century, these challenges are driving innovative apiculture and community negotiation that are returning Mennonites to their earlier position as paragons of economic progress in northern Mexico.
Dormady, Jason. "Mennonite Colonization in Mexico and the Pendulum of Modernization, 1920-2013." Mennonite Quarterly Review 88, no. 2 (Apr. 2014): 167
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