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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Origins Of The Corrido
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Culture, Identity

Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman
Mar 10, 1977

Origins of the Corrido

Host Richard Goodman discusses the origins of the corrido, the role it played in early Mexican American society and how it has changed over time. Goodman explains that corridos, one of the most significant forms of Chicano music, originated in the mid 19th century and constituted a major source of entertainment and communication for Mexican Americans. Corridos, which follow a very particular format and rhythm were often based on real events, people or places and provided a Mexican American historical perspective. Dr. Americo Paredes, who studied corridos, found that many early corridos dealt with Indian raids and guerrilla warfare. They often also told the story of border heroes, such as Juan Cortina, who fought against Anglo encroachment and stood for justice.

Up until World War II, Corridos often told the story of ordinary men who when wronged took a stand and fought back until the very end. These heroes represented the Mexican masculine ideal who will defend his rights against all odds. In the post-war period, they covered such topics as Hurricane Buelah, Chicano militancy and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Although, corridos are declining in popularity, they remain a significant part of Chicano history because they provided them with a glimmer of hope during the violence inflicted by Anglos in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War.


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