john tutino teaches history at Georgetown University. He is the author of From Insurrection to Revolution in Mexico: Social Bases of Agrarian Violence, 1750-1940 (Princeton, 1986) and various other studies of agrarian society in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Mexico. The essay offered here is the first product of a larger project on communities renegotiating power, production, and family relations during the decades from 1780 to 1850.

christopher r. boyer is assistant professor of history at Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997. At present his research centers on the relationship between agrarismo and postrevolutionary politics in Michoacán. His other research projects include an analysis of class and culture in a Mexican textile mill and a study of forestry in the states of Durango and Chihuahua, 1890-1990.

samuel brunk is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso. His publications include Emiliano Zapata: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico (Albuquerque, 1995). He is presently working on a book on the cult of Zapata, tentatively entitled “The Myth of Emiliano Zapata and Mexico’s Twentieth Century.”