Convoked in October 1914, the Soberana Convención Revolucionaria de Aguascalientes is a mere footnote in history. While the European great powers launched their armies into what would become World War I, Mexican military leaders tried to pick up the pieces from a devastating civil war: the rebellion against the dictatorship of General Victoriano Huerta, which had brought about the victory of a diverse array of revolutionary factions. This victory resulted in a fractious peace, torn asunder by the rival ambitions of the revolutionary leaders, particularly General Pancho Villa and First Chief Venustiano Carranza, the nominal head of the revolution. A meeting of military leaders appointed in proportion to the numerical strength of the revolutionary armies, the Soberana Convención attempted to give Mexico its first legitimate government since the ouster and assassination of the democratically elected president Francisco I. Madero in February 1913....

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