The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 486
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GREGORIO CORTEZ LmA, an obscure ranch hand of Mexi-
can parentage, was virtually unknown until one summer
day in 1901 when he and a Texas sheriff, pistols in hand,
blazed away at each other after a misunderstanding. The
sheriff was killed and Cortez entered into legend.
Even today, in the cantinas along both sides of the
Rio Grande, the Border Mexicans sing the praises of the
great "sheriff-killer" in the ballad that they call "El Cor-
rido de Gregorio Cortez."
Americo Paredes tells the story of Cortez, the man and
the legend, in vivid, fascinating detail in With His
Pistol in His Hand, which also presents a unique study
of a ballad in the making. Deftly woven into the story
are interpretations of the border country, its history, its
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