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Hey, remember how the last episode had a happy ending? Welcome to Episode 3. The Congress that was elected in the fraudulent elections of the year before, 1910, stayed in power as part of the negotiations between Diaz and Madero. They did everything they could to undermine the new President, blocking most of his initiatives. The press, which had fawned over Diaz during his dictatorship, now reveled in their new freedom of speech and slammed Madero. Madero won the election, but not much changed. Most of the people in government were holdovers from the Diaz regime, and they resented the new President. Then there were the young and ambitious government workers who were disappointed at the relative lack of change. Labor had been Madero’s biggest supporters in the election, but their working conditions hadn’t improved with the new presidency. Other supporters wanted land reform. Chief among them was Emiliano Zapata.   Zapata   The Zapata family had been defending themselves from basically

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