In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of North Texas Press
List of Illustrations
The idea for this project was born in November 1998, after Américo Paredes had been honored with a tribute at the University of Texas at Brownsville. I had known of him since my high school days but I had not known him until I first interviewed him in September 1994. ...
His first name was Américo, like the explorer for which America was named. His last name was Paredes, which comes from the Latin word parietis meaning walls. His life spanned eight decades that included events that changed the world forever. ...
1. The Formative Years
Historically, the South Texas frontera has been inhabited by Coahuiltecanos, Spaniards, Mexicanos, Tejanos and Anglo Americans and many others. A century before the founding of Paredes’ hometown, haciendas, villas, and ranchos dotted the landscape on both sides of the Río Grande. ...
2. The Depression Years
When Américo was still attending junior high school, Blanca, one of his older sisters, died. He was both devastated and angry.
In 1931, Américo Paredes started high school at Brownsville High School. His experiences during those years were marked by both frustration and achievement. ...
3. The War and Post-War Years
Paredes commented about how he entered the military. His experience as a reporter was probably the deciding factor.
I could not volunteer because at that time this was in ’44 already. They did not want people in the Navy; they did not want people in the Air Force. ...
4. Pursuing a Dream [Includes Image Plates]
During his time in Asia, Américo had taken correspondence courses in the Armed Forces through a program called USAFI (U. S. Armed Forces Institute) adding more to his college hours. He recalled, “I realized I didn’t want to go back to Brownsville with just a Junior College...
5. A Professor of Legendary Status
Throughout his professional life, Américo Paredes received numerous awards. He responded to the accolades with his usual dignity, but Vince remembered that his father never talked about the importance of an award. The Order of the Aztec Eagle was significant, but he saw it more...
Appendix One: Unedited Transcription of Favorite Interview with Dr. Am
Appendix Two: Graduate Studies Syllabus Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology University of Texas at Austin