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...is scheduled as the guest speaker for the 279th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on July 17, 2017.

 

     Ray Acosta on "The Tampico Affair and the Occupation of Veracruz."

 

In February 1913, President Francisco Madero was overthrown by a right-wing coup that placed General Victoriano Huerta in power. The following month, Woodrow Wilson took office.

Wilson disapproved of this coup but was powerless to do anything about it. He pressured Huerta to stop fighting and hold new elections, but Huerta ignored Wilson. Wilson reached out to rebel forces, but they also rejected Wilson. Frustrated, Wilson placed an arms embargo on both sides, and sent naval ships to the Mexican ports of Tampico and Veracruz to protect Americans living and working there. Then came what might be described as a kerfuffle.

Ray Acosta will discuss what is today regarded as a relatively minor incident in diplomatic and military history. While quaint by today's standards, the event is emblematic of how the two North American republics still view one another.

 

 

 

     About Ray Acosta:

 

Ray Acosta has addressed the KHC several time on the Mexican Revolution and its relevance to U.S. history and current events, especially as it relates to libertarians. His Revolutionary Days: A Chronology of the Mexican Revolution is intended as a college textbook, yet is accessible to the general reader.

Acosta has served in several Libertarian Party offices, including Chair of LPC Region 65, LPC s Secretary, and as scheduler for Art Olivier's 2000 LP vice presidential campaign. He credits his introduction to libertarianism to Karl Hess's article, "The Death of Politics."

He is a native Californian of Mexican heritage. All four of his grandparents were forced to leave Mexico during the Revolution.

He graduated from Cerritos Junior College, and received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the California State College in Los Angeles in 1970. He is now retired from a 30-year career in telecommunications engineering, planning, and finance for Pacific Bell and GTE.

Revolutionary Days: A Chronology of the Mexican Revolution is his first book.