The El Paso Salt War of 1877 is an example of a people’s revolt. The Mexicans in the country banded together along lines of race and class, taking direct action in response to the political chicanery of foreigners. The mob’s action was not based on an abstract political ideology, but was an emotional response to the oppression. It was a class struggle against the rich, powerful gringo establishment. It became a people’s revolt against a foreign occupier’s domination.
From “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos” by Rodolfo Acuna, 2nd Ed.