MEXICO AND ITS RELIGION; WITH INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN THAT COUNTRY DURING PARTS OF THE YEARS 1851-52-53-54...

Wilson, Robert.

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Frontispiece portrait of Santa Anna, plus 406 pages of text. Octavo (8 x 5 inches). Publisher's embossed brown cloth; foot of spine chipped; bookplate removed. (Item ID: 2612)


First edition. "The Greater portion of this book reveals the author's travels in the winter of 1853-54. His review of the state of the Catholic Church just prior to the Reform was critical and frequently cited by later travelers. Wilson thought it remarkable that despite Mexico's many revolutions, the Church had stayed unchanged. Since it derived its strength from the people's ignorance, the Church had a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. His religious criticism often blended into cultural bias as he blamed the Indians, who he believed were habitual liars, for singing and dancing at their religious Christmas ceremonies. - Cole. AMERICAN TRAVELERS TO MEXICO. #469.


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