History 101: The Zoot Suit Riots

History 101: The Zoot Suit Riots

By Ojibwa – DailyKos.com – Photo Not Credited The zoot suit is a men’s suit which features high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers. These distinctive trousers were worn with a long coat with wide lapels and wide, padded shoulders. In...
Mapping LA’s Notorious Zoot Suit Riots

Mapping LA’s Notorious Zoot Suit Riots

By Elijah Chiland – LA.Curbed.com – Photo LA Public Library. Photo: Zoot suiters at a Grand Jury hearing following the riots. Though no lives were lost, many were injured and the LAPD largely ignored widespread and targeted violence against the...
‘Zoot Suit,’ a Pioneering Chicano Play, Comes Full Circle

‘Zoot Suit,’ a Pioneering Chicano Play, Comes Full Circle

By ElTeatroCampesino.com – Photo Jay Thompson/Center Theater Group On Tuesday, Jan. 31, a revival of “Zoot Suit” begins its run at the Taper, kicking off the theater’s 50th-anniversary season. A fantastical reimagining of the so-called Sleepy Lagoon murder case,...
What were the Zoot Suit Riots?

What were the Zoot Suit Riots?

By Evan Andrews – History.com – Photo Library of Congress The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of violent clashes during which mobs of U.S. servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians brawled with young Latinos and other minorities in Los Angeles. The...
The Rebellion of Rosary Beads

The Rebellion of Rosary Beads

By Michelle Threadgould – Racked.com – Photo Damien Meyer/Getty Images One of the earliest moments when rosaries appeared in the popular fashion consciousness happened in ’30s and ’40s Los Angeles. Chicano youth, known as pachucas and pachucos, wore rosary...