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A Life TogetherLucas Alaman and Mexico, 1792-1853$
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Eric Van Young

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300233919

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300233919.001.0001

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An Ordered and Prosperous Republic

An Ordered and Prosperous Republic

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A Life Together

Eric Van Young

Yale University Press

Returned to power by an uprising at the end of 1829 in which he took a central organizational role, Alamán’s chief time (1830-1832) as the principal minister in the national government under President Anastasio Bustamante is detailed in this chapter. The minister’s efforts to centralize the national government and impose political stability as much as possible through the neutering of state governments, suppression of political dissent, and censorship of the press are examined. Among the problems he confronted in this high tide of his political influence were the suppression of endemic banditry, the American colonization of Texas, and the ambitions of the ever-unquiet Santa Anna. Alamán’s constant lament regarding the terrible state of the country is highlighted. Considerable attention is paid to his domestic life and the lives of his children, including a plan (never acted upon) for the family to emigrate to Britain.

Keywords:   Centralization, Censorship, Guerrero, Archive, Spanish invasion

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