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José María Luis Mora

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Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

A liberal theoretician, born in 1794. He wrote Mexico and Its Revolutions, 2 vols., 1836.

In 1836 he claimed, “‘the fair sex of Mexico’ had advanced considerably in the last generation”. Mora felt that education had improved since Colonial times, at least in the Capital. Before then their “ignorance and frivolity” had made them mere “objects of courtship”. (Arrom, 20-21, 50)

He edited Semanario PolĂ­tico y Literario, 1820-21, and El Observador de la RepĂșblica Mexicana, 1827-28. (Ruiz Castañeda, 27)

He was a mason. (Racine, Masons, 539)

He was influenced by Jeremy Bentham and Benjamin Constant and often quoted them in his speeches and essays. (Racine, Mora, 944-945)

He died in 1850.

He attended tertulias in Mexico City with Joel Poinsett, R.H Hardy and others. (Hardy, 510)

R.H. Hardy describes him as aged approx 35, with “has all the pallidness and languor which is so common in men of great talent and literary acquirements. He writes with great purity, force, and elegance, and possesses the faculty of observation in a greater degree than that of conversation. What, however, he does say, is always edifying and is listened to with great interest. He is of an amiable disposition, although perhaps too much of an enthusiast in politics. Doctor Mora possesses, I believe, the best library in Mexico. He was employed in the year 1823, by the Ayuntamiento of Mexico, to examine the desague, an interesting account of which he published, and received the thanks of the body, for his exertions and perspicuous suggestions respecting the canal.” (Hardy, 511)

Hardy expresses the wish that Mora would write a history of Mexican independence: “From his philosophical turn of mind, great reading, and actual knowledge of the political transactions of the revolution, is particularly well-qualified for writing its history, - a work much wanted, and which would be highly interesting to Europeans.” (Hardy, 520-521)

Life Events

Born 1794Born in Guanajuato.
Other 1820He edited Semanario PolĂ­tico y Literario, 1820-21.
Other 1823He attended political and literary tertulias in Mexico City.
Other 1827He edited El Observador de la RepĂșblica Mexicana, 1827-28.
Other 1836In 1836 he claimed, "the fair sex of Mexico had advanced considerably in the last generation".
Died 1850

References

Arrom, Silvia Marina, (1985), The women of Mexico City, 1790-1857

Ruiz Castañeda, Carmen, (1987), La prensa pasado y presente en México: catålogo selectivo de publicaciones periódicas

Werner, Michael S., (1997), Encyclopedia of Mexico

Werner, Michael S., (1997), Encyclopedia of Mexico

Hardy, R.W.H., (1829), Travels in the Interior of Mexico in 1825, 1826, 1827, &1828,


Publications

Book: MĂ©xico y sus revoluciones

Book: MĂ©xico y sus revoluciones


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