History Alumnus Chronicles Mexico’s Fight for Independence

In “The Mexican Wars for Independence,” (Hill & Wang, 2009) Timothy Henderson (B.A., History, ’80) tells the complex story of Mexico’s revolution years of rebellion and civic unrest from 1810 to 1821, chronicling the progression of a nation struggling to liberate itself as an independent state.

Written for the general reader, Henderson guides readers through Mexico’s complicated and volatile political struggles, including the deepening divisions of race, class, culture and objectives forged during centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

Set against a sharply detailed background, Henderson describes how the wars deepened the social rifts between the white Creole aristocrats who led the rebellion and the harshly exploited mestizo (mixed-blood) and Indian masses.

The book also examines early phases of the revolt under rebel Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo, whose battle cry for independence led the movement and revolutionized the course of Mexican History. Henderson also provides in-depth portraits of other key figures involved in the movement including Ferdinand VII, José María Morelos y Pavón, Colonel Agustín de Iturbide and Francisco Javier Venegas.

Henderson is a professor of history at Auburn University, Montgomery, and the author of several books on Mexican history including “A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States,” (Hill & Wang, 2007).