Americo Paredes

In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography

978-1-57441-847-7 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
224 pp. 25 b&w illus. Notes.
Pub Date: 08/31/2021


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Américo Paredes (1915–1999) was a folklorist, scholar, and professor at the University of Texas at Austin who is widely acknowledged as one of the founding scholars of Chicano Studies.  He was a brilliant teacher and prolific writer who championed the preservation of border culture and history. With the publication of “With His Pistol in His Hand”: A Border Ballad and Its Hero in 1958, Paredes soon emerged as a challenger to the status quo. He was a co-founder in 1970 of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is credited with introducing the concept of Greater Mexico. Paredes became a scholar of scholars, guiding many students to become academic leaders.

“Medrano’s biography offers an inspiring and necessary must-read for anyone claiming to have more than just a passing interest in studying the history and cultures of the American Southwest where Mexican Americans have a continuing and growing, important presence.”—Texas Books in Review

Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series

Published by University of North Texas Press