Title

The Zoot Suit Riots and the Role of the Zoot Suit in Chicano Culture

Date

5-28-2015 10:20 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 10:35 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

John L. Rector

Session Title

History Senior Seminar Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John L. Rector

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This presentation will examine the role of the iconic zoot suit in Chicano culture during the 1940’s and the role the fashion played in the violent Zoot Suit Riots that occurred in Los Angeles in June of 1943. It also examines the prejudices that were facing the Mexican-American community at that time and the media coverage of the riots. Understanding the different factors that led to the riots is key to understanding the relationships between Anglos and Mexican Americans in World War II Los Angeles.

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May 28th, 10:20 AM May 28th, 10:35 AM

The Zoot Suit Riots and the Role of the Zoot Suit in Chicano Culture

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

This presentation will examine the role of the iconic zoot suit in Chicano culture during the 1940’s and the role the fashion played in the violent Zoot Suit Riots that occurred in Los Angeles in June of 1943. It also examines the prejudices that were facing the Mexican-American community at that time and the media coverage of the riots. Understanding the different factors that led to the riots is key to understanding the relationships between Anglos and Mexican Americans in World War II Los Angeles.