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Monday March 21, 2011

Feliz Cumpleaños - Happy Birthday 205th Benito Juarez!

Feliz Cumpleaños - Happy Birthday 205th Benito Juarez!

Photo: Mexican Leader Benito Juárez

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HS-News invites you to celebrate the 205th Birthday of Benito Juárez, the Mexican leader known as the Abe Lincoln of México.

Benito Juárez was born a full–blooded Indian in Oaxaca, on March 21 1806. Despite still being illiterate at age 13, by the time he was 30, he was an accomplished lawyer, jurist and politician.

Juárez’s interest in law and government, and specially his ideas on indigenous rights were the basis of the liberal Mexican constitution of 1857.  An eternal liberal, Juárez led a Mexican government in exile from New Orleans, forced to leave as a result of conservative revolts.

Juarez was responsible for establishing the constitutional separation of Church and State in Mexico. The period of his leadership is known in Mexican history as La Reforma (the reform), and represented the triumph of Mexico’s liberal, federalist, anti-clerical, and pro-capitalist forces over the conservative, centralist, corporatist, and theocratic groups, seeking to reconstitute a locally-run version of the old colonial system. It replaced a semi-feudal social system with a more market-driven one.

Juárez can be compared to a mix of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Madison: a strong statesman, with a brilliant legal mind and a secular sensibility.

Feliz Cumpleaños - Happy 205th, Don Benito!