Francisco I. Madero, born in 1873, started the Mexican Revolution in 1910. He was a man who did not agree with the dictatorship of President Porfirio Díaz in Mexico. Madero felt that it was time for a change in Mexico, that Diaz had been in control for too long and that true democracy needed to take charge and set the country on a right course.
Madero wrote a book, which became quite popular. The book went by the title "La successión presidenciál en 1910". The book called for President Diaz to step down in 1910. In addition, the book was a call for free elections, in order that the desired democracy would finally take root and grow.
President Diaz looked upon Madero as a threat to his authority. There was to be an election in 2010, however, Madero was arrested and imprisoned before the election took place. Madero was able to escape to the United States of America. He subsequently believed that President Diaz' re-election in 1910 was a sham.
This inspired him to begin plans for a revolution that would change the political landscape of his homeland. He issued his Plan de San Luis Potosí. This promoted political reform as well as a political revolt. On November 20, 1910, the Mexican Revolution began when Madero called for an uprising against President Diaz.