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With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero
     

With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero

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by Américo Paredes
 

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Gregorio Cortez Lira, a ranchhand of Mexican parentage, was virtually unknown until one summer day in 1901 when he and a Texas sheriff, pistols in hand, blazed away at each other after a misunderstanding. The sheriff was killed and Gregorio fled immediately, realizing that in practice there was one law for Anglo-Texans, another for Texas-Mexicans. The chase, capture,

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Gregorio Cortez Lira, a ranchhand of Mexican parentage, was virtually unknown until one summer day in 1901 when he and a Texas sheriff, pistols in hand, blazed away at each other after a misunderstanding. The sheriff was killed and Gregorio fled immediately, realizing that in practice there was one law for Anglo-Texans, another for Texas-Mexicans. The chase, capture, and imprisonment of Cortez are high drama that cannot easily be forgotten. Even today, in the cantinas along both sides of the Rio Grande, Mexicans sing the praises of the great "sheriff-killer" in the ballad which they call "El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez." Américo Paredes tells the story of Cortez, the man and the legend, in vivid, fascinating detail in "With His Pistol in His Hand," which also presents a unique study of a ballad in the making. Deftly woven into the story are interpretations of the Border country, its history, its people, and their folkways.

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Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin
To see why Gregorio became a folk hero, one only has to remember that in practice there was one law for Anglo-Texans, another for Texas Mexicans. The chase, capture, and imprisonment of Cortez are high drama.... This is an extraordinary book.

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ISBN-13:
9780292792517
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,229,900
File size:
1 MB

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With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was shocked to see a 2 star rating for this book, so I had to come in here and bump it up. It's not meant to be an entertaining read (though I thought it was one); it's a scholarly work and a ground-breaking one at that. I had it assigned in an anthropology course on American folklore, and enjoyed it immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a story about a man that had endured many wars by the name of Cortez. Ballads were composed from the many memories that made him legendary .The story makes up explanations of the many variants and re-tellings of his legend remaining in close proximity with the culture and nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico and the Anglos and  Mexican along the border.
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