The original purpose of the Mexican Revolution was simply to overthrow President Díaz's dictatorship. This rather straightforward political crusade in Mexico increased into economic and social mayhem that signified the essential character of Mexico’s experience. During this long fight, the Mexican people gained a sense of identity and purpose. Possibly unequaled to its fellow Latin American republics. A lot of new reforms had been recognized by 1940, this is when the aspirations of the revolution were institutionalized as rules for the future of Mexican policies.
The Great Depression caused Mexico a harsh drop in national income and demand. This would challenge the country’s ability to achieve its constitutional directive to endorse social equity. Nevertheless, Mexico didn’t feel the effects of the Great Depression as bad as other countries did. In the 30s manufacturing and other sections that served the national economy started to recover. This slow increase happened because of many important basic reforms. Starting with the railroad systems nationalization from 1929 through 1930.
Next, would be Mexico’s nationalization of its petroleum industry in 1938. Lastly, in my opinion, would be the actual rush of land reforms, that had been promised year after year. Which would truly get moving first under President Emilio Portes Gil in 1928–1930. Also, with President Lázaro Cárdenas in the late 30s. Agricultural production also rose gradually, and city employment grew in reaction to the growing domestic demand. The Mexican government offered tax incentives for production focused on the Mexican markets.
Soon afterward the government endorsed industrial expansion throughout the public’s investment in agricultural, energy, and transportation infrastructures. Mexico city's population grew quickly during these years. This was showing the shift in employment from agriculture to industry and services in the country. The city’s population increased at a high rate and the urban labor force surpassed the growth rate of industrial employment.
With all this said many recent events in the country have tried to test the legacy of the Mexican revolution. There were “normalistas” who disappeared after an altercation with local authorities. There were 43 students and teachers who were on a trip to Mexico City for the memorial of the “Tlatelolco Massacre”. This would prove that there were connections between the mayor of the city of Iguala and the local drug cartels. This would force her to resign just after a few weeks.
Culturally, Mexico went through many changes as well after the revolution. The revolution was able to mold a new political generation and made a meaningful impression on the future of the Mexican people. Mexican people were also now able to go to school in rural areas which were unheard of before. The country underwent a beautification process that led to cleaning up Mexico and painting murals with meaning around the cities.
I think nowadays with access to social media students and others can protest more openly. These protests carry a lot more weight to them because they can be seen by the world. Also, with many government officials having ties to drug lords in Mexico and being forced to resign, it makes it hard to know who can be trusted. So, to answer the question of if the revolution still “has legs” I believe it does. Even today we are seeing some of the same things happening to the Mexican people. The elites still have power in the country and can get away with kidnapping and killing innocent people.
For me I don’t think recent events have killed the Mexican revolution legacy, I think it makes it stronger. I say this because every time they get close to social democracy or they elect a president that believes in it, somehow it fails. The people continue to fight for what they want and what was promised to them. I know this just makes their people stronger because they are not afraid to stand for what they have been promised for many years.