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"With his pistol in his hand" : a border ballad and its hero

Author: Américo Paredes; James H. Sutton Jr. and Sylvia Leal Carvajal Collection.
Publisher: Austin ; London : University of Texas Press, [1958] ©1958
Series: Texas classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This classic work in Mexican American folklore tells the story of Gregorio Cortez Lira, an outlaw whose chase, capture and imprisonment became legendary. Deftly woven into the story is a portrait of the border country and its history.
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Paredes, Américo, 1915-1999.
"With his pistol in his hand, ".
Austin, University of Texas Press [1958]
(OCoLC)586833457
Online version:
Paredes, Américo, 1915-1999.
"With his pistol in his hand, ".
Austin, University of Texas Press [1958]
(OCoLC)323044517
Named Person: Gregorio Cortez
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Américo Paredes; James H. Sutton Jr. and Sylvia Leal Carvajal Collection.
ISBN: 0292701284 9780292701281 0292734328 9780292734326
OCLC Number: 291971
Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part one : Gregorio Cortez, the legend and the life. The country --
The legend --
The man --
Part two : El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez, a ballad of border conflict. The Corrido on the border --
Variants of Gregorio Cortez --
Gregorio Cortez, a study.
Series Title: Texas classics.
Responsibility: by Américo Paredes.

Abstract:

This classic work in Mexican American folklore tells the story of Gregorio Cortez Lira, an outlaw whose chase, capture and imprisonment became legendary. Deftly woven into the story is a portrait of the border country and its history.

Gregorio Cortez, 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 ways -- Back cover.

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"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 Read more...

 
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