Happy Birthday to Américo Paredes, Scholar, Poet, and Historian

Happy Birthday to folklore scholar, poet, author, professor and historian Américo Paredes, born on September 3, 1915 in Brownsville, Texas. Paredes’ life was a bridge between the two worlds of the neighboring borderlands of the US and Mexico.  For over 30 years, he was a professor of English and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed programs on Chicano literature and Mexican folklore.  Paredes traveled to Japan with the US Army in the mid-1940’s, serving as editor of the “Stars and Stripes”, and also edited the “Journal of American Folklore” for a number of years. Paredes was a prolific writer and scholar, collecting and preserving stories and folklore that illuminated the collective hearts and histories of a truly American region.

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