Monday, March 19th, 2012...1:09 am

16. The Ranger

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AmĂ©rico Paredes describes the Texas Rangers place in “border folklore”:

“The Rangers have been pictured as a fearless, almost superhuman breed of men, capable of incredible feats. It may take a company of militia to quell a riot, but one Ranger was said to be enough for one mob. Evildoers, especially Mexican ones, were said to quail at the mere mention of the name. To the Ranger is given the credit for ending lawlessness and disorder among the Rio Grande” (Paredes 616).

According to Paredes, the Rangers seem unnaturally powerful and superior; he states, “have been pictured as a fearless, almost superhuman breed of men, capable of incredible feats.” This image of the Rangers clearly perpetuates a desperate fear of the Rangers. Paredes compares the power of a company of militia to the power of one Ranger: “It may take a company of militia to quell a riot, but one Ranger was said to be enough for one mob.” This statement implies that one Ranger has as much power, if not more, than a company of militia (according to the Folklore). Paredes even states the “evildoers, especially Mexican ones” tremble at the sound of their name. This image of the Texas Ranger clearly causes a deep fear of the power, and strength of the Rangers among the Mexican community.

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