The spinning wheel—few material objects so succinctly represent patriarchal oppression under colonialism. The wheel was once the expedient implement to create thread and yarn, and pondering the vast demand in the 18th century before the industrial revolution rendered it obsolete, to make a capital fortune in cotton required innumerable wheels and an equal representation of labor.
The Indian Nationalist movement and the Mexican revolution both came about due to rapid economic development and the subsequent mistreatment of the poor labor force. Yet, in both cases, the wealthy elite were the ones who gained the most from these uprisings. The late 19th century marked the beginning of industrialization in Mexico and India,
Photographing the everyday? Why do that? Most people don’t have an everyday life that others really want to see. Fortunately, some photographers have documented the everyday life of various cultures throughout history, which allows us to draw insightful connections between vastly different societies. The similarities between Mexico and India are few and far between; they
This class has shed light on the fact that the two very different countries of India and Mexico have many similarities. From initial colonization, to castes systems, to revolutions, and more, studying India and Mexico in one class has made many connections never before thought possible from two countries on opposite sides of the planet.
What do India and Mexico have in common? On the surface, the similarities are not striking. However, digging deeper into the layers of history reveals a much broader insight into the legacies left behind on these two countries by the colonial-era empires of both Britain and Spain. History books and written primary sources layout a
As I stood in the reading room of the DeGolyer library, I struggled to process the sheer amount of visual information being thrown at me. Before me stood three long tables which were scattered with various photographs, frail and aging, their warm, brown tints calling me closer. The DeGolyer library at Southern Methodist University
Some people might glance at a photo and not think much about it. Others might look at a photo and look for the thousand words its worth. A photograph captures the history and can be a reflection of meaningful depictions from the past. It can give the viewer insights into the lives, hopes, and dreams
Textual evidence may provide the necessary information and evidence to understand the situations of a time in history, but very rarely do they paint a vivid picture of the circumstance at hand. This is where visual sources play a crucial role. Photographs of history not only give you a visual experience but also a textual
Women’s importance to society is paramount, with their accomplishments being under-appreciated for much of history. In all aspects of life, this truth is profound with society only grasping this as a norm recently. To help understand why, a case-study between India and Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is necessary. The economic