The writer and folklorist Américo Paredes was born in Brownsville in 1915. Paredes made the border the focus of his forty-year career. He studied and celebrated the distinctive stories and humor of the lower Rio Grande, at the same time fighting to correct prejudice against Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Paredes also wrote poetry and fiction and inspired writers of the Chicano literary movement in the sixties and seventies. He is now regarded as one of the foremost Mexican American scholars of the twentieth century. More»

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Américo Paredes playing the guitar. Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries.