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5. Masculine
Heroes


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Corridos - Selected Archive Items

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[5615] Anonymous, Disturnell Map of Mexico (c. 1850),
courtesy of the Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.
Although the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-American War in 1848, disputes continued between the Mexican and U.S. governments concerning, among other issues, the border of Texas.

[5936] José Guadalupe Posada, Corrido: Fusilamiento Bruno Martinez (1920s),
courtesy of Davidson Galleries.
Political and social statements figured importantly in Posada's art. This Revolutionary-era print shows a charro bravely facing a group of onrushing federales. The title translates as The Execution of Bruno Martinez.

[6318] Lee Russell, Backyards of Mexican Homes. Alamo, Texas (1939),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC USF34-032141-D].
Corridos grew out of the experience of the borderlands of the Southwest. As an oral history of a people, they document the everyday lives of the people who live in the lands that were once part of Mexico.

[6392] Mrs. Henry Krausse, Corrido de los Rangers (Ballad of the Rangers) (1939),
courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Corridos often expressed discontent with the oppression of Chicanos in the borderlands. This corrido tells of the 1912 feud between Texas Rangers and Brownsville officials.

[7354] José Guadalupe Posada, Verdaderos Versos de Macario Romero [The Truth about Macario Romero] (1912),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsc-04557].
Handbills printed with the lyrics to popular corridos were often sold to audiences for a small fee. This broadside features an illustration by José Guadalupe Posada.

[7505] Anonymous, Music in Mexican Isurrecto Camp (1911),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-115488].
This photo emphasizes the close relationship between music and politics in the borderlands as musicians and armed men pose in a Revolutionary camp during the Mexican Civil War.

[9064] Anonymous, El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez (c. 1910),
courtesy of Pedro Rocha and Lupe Martìnez.
This corrido takes as its subject the murder of an Anglo-Texan sheriff by a Texas Mexican, Gregorio Cortez, and the ensuing chase, capture, and imprisonment of Cortez. It formed the basis for Americo Paredes' novel, With a Pistol in His Hand.



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