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

ISBN-10: 0292701284

ISBN-13: 9780292701281

Edition: 1958

Authors: Am�rico Paredes, Am�rico 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, 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." Ameacute;rico 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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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1958
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1970
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A distinguished senior scholar, the late Am�rico Paredes was the Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and English at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1990 he received the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor Mexico bestows on foreigners.

Gregorio Cortez, the Legend and the Life
The Country
The Rio Grande people
Mier, the Alamo, and Goliad
The Texas Rangers
The Legend
How they sing El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez
How Gregorio Cortez came to be in the county of El Carmen
Rom�n's horse trade and what came of it
How Gregorio Cortez rode the little sorrel mare all of five hundred miles
How El Teco sold Gregorio Cortez for a morral full of silver dollars
How Gregorio Cortez went to prison, but not for killing the sheriffs
How President Lincoln's daughter freed Gregorio Cortez, and how he was poisoned and died
The Man
A likable young man
The sheriff is interpreted to death
The long walk
The Battle of Belmont
The long ride
The capture
The battle of the courts
"Through thick and thin"
The pardon
The last days
The Hero's Progress
Theme and variations
Fact and fancy
Cortez as a folk hero
El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez, a Ballad of Border Conflict
The Corrido on the Border
Before the corrido
The corrido century
The earliest Border corridos
Ballads borrowed from Greater Mexico
Border outlaw corridos
The Borderer against the fuere�o
The Border Mexican against the rinches
The corrido of border conflict as a dominant form
Variants of Gregorio Cortez
Gregorio Cortez, a Study
The variants
Narrative style
Change and development
Versification, rhythm, and structure
The use of the imperfect and of syllable-supplying devices
Corrido imagery in Gregorio Cortez
The corrido language
Conventions which the Border corrido has borrowed from Greater Mexico
Conventions which have been developed in El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez
A Last Word
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