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zoot suits

bizarre outfits with the “reet pleats” (1940s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 275]
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Despite this oversight, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits highlights how the war industries did more than simply make planes, tanks, and bombs, but also reshaped American culture and sub-cultures during the war years.
From Coveralls to Zoot Suits adds to the growing body of scholarship on race, gender, culture, labor, and leisure during World War II.
Zoot Suit is a must read for anyone interested in the convergence point of American personal identity, popular culture, race relations, and politics.
Second, Alvarez convincingly connects the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles with similarly violent outbreaks in cities across the U.
As a nonwhite, working-class, queer-signified outfit, the zoot suit and its wearers, male or female, were viewed as un-American at a time when major shifts in gender work, race, and ethnic relations were occurring.
Ramirez highlights the regular nature of the lives of women who wore the zoot suit, placing them as one subculture within a broad spectrum of ethnic Mexican women of the period and asserting that the attire "forged a noticeable and unsettling collective identity.
Zoot Suit retoma el caso del pachuco Henry Reyna y su grupo de amigos, cuando en 1942 fueron in justamente arrestados con pruebas circunstanciares y enviados a la carcel de San Quintin.
The Zoot Suit and Style Warfare") gangs of servicemen beat up zoot suiters on the streets.
The zoot suit, generating the connotations of slang, swing, leisure, dysfunction, and urbanism because of its visibility in night clubs, and through jazz musicians, and riots, also constituted, like gangster movies, bracero youths' response to white paranoia and white projection of bracero youths as deviants.
We recognize that today's LAPD is a far cry from the one that turned its ''Red Squad'' against liberals in the early decades of the 20th century, that allowed soldiers to beat young Latino men in the 1940s during the so-called Zoot Suit Riots, that spied on political opponents through the 1960s and 1970s -- including such fringe figures as the mayor.
Classic Theatre, in the mayhem of the Zoot Suit riots, Romeo is once again falling for Juliet: two star-crossed Los Angeles youths worried about Mexican immigration.