Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Americo Paredes, a Founder of the Chicano Studies Movement Dies

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Americo Paredes, a Founder of the Chicano Studies Movement Dies

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AUSTIN, Texas - One of the founders of the Chicano studies movement, Dr. Americo Paredes, died here on May 5. He was 83.

At the time of his death, the writer and folklorist was professor emeritus of English and anthropology at the University of Texas-Austin. His bestknown book, With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero, is considered by folklore scholars to be a groundbreaking work in folklore and Chicano studies.

Paredes was born in 1915 in Brownsville, Texas. His family has deep roots in a region known as the Lower Border, an area of Texas along the Rio Grande River from the two Laredos to the river's mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. He spent much of his academic life exploring the folklore and culture of the area.

He wrote poetry as a teen-ager, with some of his poems getting published in La Prensa, a widely read Spanish-language newspaper in San Antonio. During the Depression years he worked as a reporter for The Brownsville Herald. …

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