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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.
Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicana Movement (2011), From Coveralls to Zoot Suits stresses the value and power of oral history.
"If white sailors, encouraged and complimented by many sections of the press...beat up zoot suiters, it won't be long before they turn their attention to the group which popularized zoot suits, namely the Brother in Black.
After mulling the material for nine years, Valdez sat down and wrote the script for "Zoot Suit." The drama, based roughly on the Sleepy Lagoon case, opened in 1978 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; the following year, it ran for 41 performances on Broadway.
--Ante toda esa situacion del mexicano en Estados Unidos, ?que aporta Zoot Suit en Mexico?
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.
For more accounts of the arrest of Amelia Venegas, see "Zoot Suit Hunt On in Suburbs as Navy Clamps Ban on L.A," Los Angeles Examiner, 1, June 9, 1943; "6-Day Zoot War Hospitalizes 112," Los Angeles Daily News, 1, June 10, 1943; "U.S., Warren Act On Zoot Suits, New Outbreak of Gang Rioting," Los Angeles Examiner, 1, June 10, 1943; and "Brass Knuckles Found on Woman 'Zoot Suiter,'" Los Angeles Times, sec.
These local-color stories with their references to "DA" haircuts, "zoot suits" and jukeboxes belong to a '50s or '60s timeframe.
MURDER AT THE SLEEPY LAGOON: ZOOT SUITS, RACE, AND RIOT IN WARTIME L.A.
The undulating cleavage and vibrating bottoms and the sideburns and zoot suits are a sex-positive celebration of queerness.
COUNSELING THE MENTALLY ILL AND COMFORTING DYING AIDS SUFFERERS ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK is not the usual prelude to launching your own line of zoot suits and Latino fashions, but that's the route Craig Pena took when he and business partner Jay Salas both left careers in social work and launched Suavecito Apparel Co.
But the new era rarely matches its trappings (sort of Romare-Bearden-meets-Henri-Matisse costuming, except for the zoot suits) or the choreography.