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Author Bruns, Roger A., 1941-
Title Zoot suit riots / Roger Bruns.
Pub Info Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2014.
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 Marstons Mills-Children's  J 306.097 BRU     AVAILABLE
Descript xvii, 198 pages ; 25 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Landmarks of the American mosaic
Landmarks of the American mosaic.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-189) and index.
Contents The setting -- The death at Sleepy Lagoon -- The trial -- The Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee -- The riots -- The aftermath -- The appeal -- Continuing the fight.
Summary Although the "zoot suit" had earlier been a black youth fashion trend identified with jazz culture, by the 1940s, the zoot suit was adopted by Mexican American teenagers in wartime Los Angeles, who wore it as their unofficial "uniform" as an act of rebellion and to establish their cultural identity. For a week in June of 1943, the Zoot Suit Riots, instigated by Anglo-American servicemen and condoned by the Los Angeles police, terrorized the Mexican American community. The events were an ugly testament to the climate of racial tension and resentment in Los Angeles--and after similar riots began across the nation, it became apparent how endemic the problem was. This book traces these important historic events and their subsequent cultural and political influences on the Mexican American experience, especially the activist and reform efforts designed to prevent similar future injustices.--From publisher description.
Subject Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943.
Mexican Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Violence -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Race relations.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780313398780 (hardcopy ; acid-free paper)
031339878X (hardcopy ; acid-free paper)
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