Most of the chapters in this book were originally published as articles in an American Masonic magazine, so they contain as much editorializing as they do history. They are high interesting, however, because the provide enormous insight in the philosophical secularism and extreme anti-clericism that characterized the "constitutionalist" political movement in Mexico. The books is *virulently* anti-catholic, in a manner that is no longer "acceptable" in mainstream publications, but its evident hatred of the Catholic Church genuinely reflects the sentiment of Masonic leaders during the period of the Mexican revolution.
Now that the United States has entered the world-war, aligning itself with the allies against the common enemy of Constitutional Government, the vital importance of the "Mexican Problem" as it affects our present and future, is of increased interest. The dire possibilities resultant upon the unexpected in Mexico, were brought nearer to us, when President Wilson recently disclosed the bold plot of Herr Zimmermann to array Mexico and Japan actively against the United States, a treacherous breach of international law never denied by Berlin.
A true insight of what constitutionalism means in Mexico today, and a more familiar knowledge of the men who control the present and future of our south-land neighbor's policies, is of paramount importance.
The Mexican Revolution did not begin, (as many suppose) with the overthrow of Porfirio Diaz in 1910. It had its inchoation as far back as 1857, with the first promulgation of a Mexican Constitution by Benito Juarez. It is the intimate connection of recent events in Mexico with the Three Years War between the Mexican Liberals and the Mexican Clericals that I have traced in these pages. Some of the chapters appeared serially in our two leading American Masonic Magazines, The Builder and The American Freemason. As a whole the book forms a complete history of Mexico from the coming of Cortez to the end of 1916. The chapter on Modern Masonry explains the peculiarly antipodal relations of Mexican Masonry and Mexican Clericalism.
Cincinnati, Ohio, June 17th, 1917.