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Black Market CapitalUrban Politics and the Shadow Economy in Mexico City$
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Andrew Konove

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293670

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293670.001.0001

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The Dictator, the Ayuntamiento, and the Baratillo

The Dictator, the Ayuntamiento, and the Baratillo

(p.88) Four The Dictator, the Ayuntamiento, and the Baratillo
Black Market Capital

Andrew Konove

University of California Press

This chapter takes readers into the national period with a focus on a largely-forgotten urban renewal campaign that the nineteenth-century strongman Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Mexico City Ayuntamiento undertook in the early 1840s. Removing the Baratillo was central to Santa Anna’s ambitious, if short-lived, reform agenda. But he encountered resistance from baratilleros who pushed back by writing petitions and airing their grievances in the Mexico City press—decades before historians have found popular actors engaging in Mexico’s public sphere. The episode shows how the laws and the rhetoric of republicanism gave vendors new tools to defend their businesses against government policies that threatened them.

Keywords:   Santa Anna, Ayuntamiento, Baratillo, Mexico City, Public sphere, republicanism

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