Both Sides of the Border: A Scattering of Texas Folklore

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Texas has a large population who has lived on both sides of the border and created a folkloric mix that makes Texas unique. Both Sides of the Border gets its name from its emphasis on recently researched Tex-Mex folklore. But we recognize that Texas has other borders besides the Rio Grande. We use that title with the folklorist's knowledge that all of this state's songs, tales, and traditions have lived and prospered on the other sides of Texas borders at one time or another ...
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Overview

Texas has a large population who has lived on both sides of the border and created a folkloric mix that makes Texas unique. Both Sides of the Border gets its name from its emphasis on recently researched Tex-Mex folklore. But we recognize that Texas has other borders besides the Rio Grande. We use that title with the folklorist's knowledge that all of this state's songs, tales, and traditions have lived and prospered on the other sides of Texas borders at one time or another before they crossed the rivers and became "ours."

Chapters are organized thematically and include favorite storytellers like James Ward Lee, Thad Sitton, and Jerry Lincecum. Lee's beloved "Hell is for He-Men" appears here, along with Sitton's informative essay on Texas freedmen's settlements. Both Sides of the Border contains something to delight everyone interested in Texas folklore.


About the Editor:
Francis Edward Abernethy is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society since 1971, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He has written Singin' Texas, Legends of Texas' Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Letters from J. Frank Dobie to John Robert Craddock 2
2 Doc Sonnichsen holds his own 30
3 Growing up on both sides of the border 42
4 Welito : a Mexican-American family in Southwest Texas 56
5 Folklore of a San Antonio midwife 66
6 Religion, superstitions, and remedios in the Mexican-American culture 72
7 Pepe's panaderia : bread folklore 82
8 A tortilla is never "just" a tortilla 92
9 The evolution of a legend : the headless horseman of Texas ... 102
10 Who is buried in Jesse James' grave? 118
11 A note on the pacing white mustang legend 130
12 Hell is for he-men! 138
13 Clementine Hunter : folk artist 150
14 Packaged folklore : the Texas folklife festival - storysmithing and shapeshifting 162
15 Same song, second verse 175
16 Texas kitsch and other collectibles 206
17 Texas freedman's settlements in the new south 216
18 Toby's hound 232
19 Passing the light : how family stories shape our lives 238
20 Two tales of my family : two tales of who I am 252
21 Red Kelly's grandmother 260
22 A family full of scars 264
23 The day grandpa blew up the tractor 273
24 Greater love ... : as told to F. E. Abernethy 276
25 Family saga vs. history : Hezekiah Lincecum and the church 281
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