Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

Illustrations

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p. ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

“With His Pistol in His Hand”: A Border Ballad and Its Hero (1958), Américo Paredes’s most-acclaimed work, generated a considerable amount of interest and enthusiasm during the rise of the Chicano movement. The text provided young activists with a convincing literary document of Mexican American resistance against U.S. hegemony. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xviii

Many people provided encouragement and assistance with this book, too many to list here in the acknowledgments. But special thanks are due to the following people. To Am

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Chapter 1: The Lower Rio Grande Border

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pp. 1-32

When the forty-year-old Américo Paredes was writing his dissertation, which would become the basis of his best-known book, “With His Pistol in His Hand”: A Border Ballad and Its Hero (1958), he drew on memories of his youth. He was especially mindful of those quiet “summer nights, in the days when there was a chaparral,” ...

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Chapter 2: His Life and Work

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pp. 33-69

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Chapter 3: “With His Pistol in His Hand”

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pp. 70-96

Américo Paredes discovered what could be considered a distinct Chicano perspective—in terms of literary style and content—with “el corrido de Gregorio Cortez,” a ballad of border conflict. The Mexico-Tejano performer and scholar merged a Mexican oral legacy with a Protestant Anglo- Saxon literary tradition to challenge ...

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Chapter 4: Toward New Perspectives in Folklore and Cultural Anthropology

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pp. 97-126

A principal claim of this book is that Américo Paredes articulated an idea of performance that anticipated the postmodern movement in cultural anthropology—a movement that inspires the protection of primitive and local cultures from First World attempts to reorganize them. His take on cultural performance foreshadows ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 127-132

When Am

Notes

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pp. 133-148

Works of Am

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pp. 149-156

Bibliography

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pp. 157-166

Index

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pp. 167-169