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zoot suit

A man's ensemble for hipsters and other cool dudes. Popular during the 1930s and '40s, a zoot suit featured a long coat with wide lapels and padded shoulders and matching high-waisted, ballooning pants. Fancy shoes and a felt fedora hat completed the hipster “look.” “Zoot” was apparently a variation of the word “suit.”
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Perhaps most importantly, by connecting the Zoot Suit Riots to larger, national patterns of politics and culture, Alvarez performs the worthy task of shifting the histories of both Chicanos and Los Angeles from the edges to the center of American life.
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.
Unlike the negative contemporary newspaper coverage of the zoot suit riots, the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story treated Puerto Ricans, internal migrants of sorts because of the American domination of Puerto Rico, as assimilable.
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FUNKY AND FUN: The contestants at Liverpool Unites in Dance, clockwise, from above: Competition winners Expressions Dance House; Funky Feet perform Zoot Suit Riot; Dance Crazy Academy perform Let''s Get Funky; Sisashay Productions perform Toy Soldiers; and Timestep perform Oh Father Over the coming days, we will be posting many more pictures from the Liverpool Unites in Dance 2012 show on our website liverpoolecho.
The trial, in which a Los Angeles sheriff's expert testified that Mexicans had a biological predisposition to violence that reached back to Aztec days, sparked the "Zoot Suit" riots, in which roving gangs of white soldiers and sailors attacked Mexican-American and other minority victims, especially for wearing zoot suits, the emblem of pachucos and, allegedly, a wasteful use of fabric during the war.
of Pennsylvania), explores the cultural and political significance of the zoot suit in this well-research and engaging history.
Read was seen in a dapper zoot suit, bow tie and hat, gliding across the dance floor and spinning his partner around to the cheers of onlookers.
In trademark purple zoot suit, Kid showed off smooth Latin American moves and was joined by four blonde, leggy backing singers/dancers, who he introduced as daughters of the original Coconuts.
Pagan canvassed the available evidence, including later events such as the Zoot Suit riots in which U.
Chapter Two presents male attire, such as the Zoot Suit that brought riots to WW II Los Angeles, blue jeans, stocks and cravats, modern neckties, and handkerchiefs (used as dog tags during the Civil War).
Damn don't you just hale those women (who really run the office) that know about handguns and holsters and zeroing scopes and calibers and velocity and the ballistic curve and the zoot suit finish you want applied to your gun?
Valdez became better known by big city audiences when he directed Zoot Suit and La Bamba, but this theater group opened their acts in small rural towns with the express purpose of educating and activating the farm workers.