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    Zoo Suit

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    American’s. In the play El Pachuco wearing an elegant long zoot suit‚ and is the centerpiece of the play where he is able to pause time and take Henry to the past. El Pachuco symbolizes Mexican American youths who fought for nationalism‚ family‚ and equality. Throughout the play‚ it is clear to say that the Pachuco represents all Chicanos both male and female. This statement true in the way that all Chicanos have the same problems and are fighting for the same rights. El Pachuco also shows a fine connection

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    symbol of crime‚ gangster activity‚ worn by pachucos (punks to the police). After the mass arrests‚ Sergeant Smith shows his disdain of their bravado by saying “You pachucos are regular tough guys” (Zoot Suit 1.3.1). Sergeant Smith is sarcastically calling pachucos tough guys‚ showing that zoot suits symbolize what he considers is weak. In the next scene‚ Sergeant Smith states zooters lack discipline and hide behind the zoot suits. “I hear tell you pachucos wear these monkey suits as a kind of armor

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    This new look would become known as the zoot suit. Wide-brimmed hats‚ broad-shouldered long coasts high wasted peg-legged trousers and long dangling chains were part of this fashion trend. According to the book Zoot suit “They called themselves pachucos‚ originating in El Paso Texas‚ and then moving into the city of Los Angeles California. They would take their look to a new level‚ creating their own street slang of Calo”‚ a new walk and stance‚ “an attitude with their dark skin‚ tattoos‚ pompadours

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    and press characterizing all Mexican youth as “pachuco hoodlums and baby gangsters” (2). This was a great example of how the media and police played a large role into contributing to adding discrimination towards the Mexican American zoot suits. Not only was it that but also some of the sailors who were trying to justify their acts by spreading rumors. On June 3‚ 1943‚ a number of sailors claimed that they were beaten and robbed by Mexican Pachucos. The following evening‚ a group of around 200 sailors

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    Zoot Suit Riots

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    Riots" in Los Angeles ‚ playwright Luis Valdez weaves fact and fiction to depict the fate of 22 young Mexican Americans brought to trial for a murder they did not commit. "Zoot Suit" brings together unforgettable characters such as the irreverent El Pachuco and the charismatic Henry Reyna‚ an unsuspecting gang leader who finds himself caught in the middle of the racially turbulent events that rocked Los Angeles during the early 1940s. Valdez says this production exemplifies the evolution of American

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    Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles Outline Topic: The Zoot Suit Riots of 1943: What caused them‚ what happened‚ and what were the effects? Introduction Causes for the riots in 1943 History of racism Stylish dress seen as un-American during wartime. Stage set for riots Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the Zoot Suit riots Effects of riots Cultural repression Political activism in Mexican American community Series of reforms in the Los Angeles Police Department Causes Mexican Revolution‚

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    1940-1945 ( Social ) Mexican- Americans experience on the home front during WWII.....In Los Angeles‚ California a series of riots broke out that involved whites and latino youths running around wearing zoot suits. Army men stationed in Southern California did not like Latinos roaming around in suits that weren’t seen as suitable during wartime. Los Angeles‚ with the highest concentration of mexicans outside of Mexico‚ were separated into the worst and oldest parts of the city. In addition to

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    The Zoot Suit

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    Zoot Suits in Zoot Suit Danielle Meyer Watching the movie and even just recognizing the the reasoning behind the title‚ it is blatantly clear that “zoot suits” were not desirable attire for most people. And by most people‚ I mean the wealthy‚ white and conservative. Historically‚ in 1943 was the year the “zoot suits” took off. Mexican Americans were the main source of the apparel and it was no secret that the police began to discriminate against whoever wore them. In this specific movie we watched

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    José. While situated in jail‚ the Pachuco tells Henry to not give up and fight back for his friends and family. In the Zoot Suit play‚ it shows a conversation between Pachuco and Henry‚ “Pachuco: Forget the war overseas‚ carnal! Your war is on the homefront. Henry (with the new resolve): What do you mean? Pachuco: The barrio needs you‚ carnal. Fight back! Stand up to them with some style. Show the world a Chicano has balls. Hang tough. You can take it. Remember‚ Pachuco Yo! Henry (assuming the style):

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    History Workshop‚ Oxford University Press. 20 (Autumn 1985): 56-81. Cosgrove‚ Stuart."The Zoot-Suit and Style Warfare." History Workshop‚ Oxford University Press. 18. (Autumn 1984): 77-91. Daniels‚ Douglas Henry. "Los Angeles Zoot: Race "Riot‚" the Pachuco‚ and Black music culture." Journal of Negro History. 82.2 (Spring 1997): 201-220. Lipsitz‚ George. "Listening to Learn and Learning to Listen: Popular Culture‚ Cultural Theory and American Studies." American Quarterly‚ The Johns Hopkins University

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