The Legacy Of Americo Paredes Essay

987 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
In the book “The Legacy of Americo Paredes” the author Jose Lopez Morin described the experiences of Americo Paredes a Mexican American whom was a great asset to the Chicano Folklore and the Mexican American history. The book focused on Americo Paredes work which eventually led to the challenge of Mexican American stereotypes since the U.S literature had annotated for many years otherwise. The book is organized in five different chapters, which emphasize The Lower Rio Grande, His Life and Work, With his Pistol in His Hand, Toward New Perspectives in the Folklore and Cultural Anthropology, and the conclusion. Jose Lopez Morin supported the book argument by using literature, life experiences, and stories as references in supporting his focus of demonstrating Mexican American experiences. The book focused on three different themes which are the American conquest, Texas rangers, and stereotypes which help demonstrate the Mexican American experiences through their lenses.

The history of El Rio Grande connected with the American conquest began with the overstepping of the Indian Territory. Europeans attempted different tactics in order to eventually be successful in conquering what was known as the Indian Territory. The Presidio was the first tactic used which was a military force. The Presidio was a unsuccessful tactic due to the Indians resistance in fighting back. The next tactic came into place when Jose de Escandon was chosen leader. With prior knowledge, the tactic chosen…

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