We are going to start the day in the heart of the city where there are a few sites of particular interest to us. We will be focusing on the history of the last decades, and specifically contemporary social history, so you will see the centre of the city very differently after this. The centre of the city was not shaped only in really distant history, but also very recently and is absolutely continuing to change. We will be walking for all of the tour to be more intimately connected with the streets and their stories of social and political struggle. After the centre, we will walk west taking in some other locations where a diversity of social-historic events have happened. All the time we are walking, I will point out the importance of different spots, and also their connection to the present day. I will highlight many places where social struggle is still continuing and forms of counterculture are still alive. There will be time for discussion and questions as we walk, and so I hope you will learn about Mexico City in the present as well as the past like this. I will also bring some resources and pictures with me to help you engage with the areas where we will be. There will also be time for a brief coffee half way as we leave the centre.
I'm Margherita, and I'm extremely passionate about social history, particularly the things forgotten or overlooked. I've got two degrees in history and social science, focusing on little histories, the stories held within the streets of people's social struggles and forms of resistance. As well as their relations with the state and their locality. I really want to share my enthusiasm, expertise and perspective to help you engage better with this huge city. I want to take you to lesser-known spots and reveal to you the grassroots history of those areas, and also why I think they are still relevant.
Documents, diagrams, pictures, maps.
We'll start in the Zocalo, spending a short time visiting 2 or 3 sites of interest. Then we'll walk west - just out of the centre - to walk through some streets where some historical events took place. En route, we will also take in some more present sites and a coffee. Following this, we will continue walking to see a few more spots where either events happened or important places were. We will eventually loop back to an area more central.
Explore a social history of Mexico City!