Los Angeles Geopolitics and the Zoot Suit Riot, 1943

  title={Los Angeles Geopolitics and the Zoot Suit Riot, 1943},
  author={Eduardo Obreg{\'o}n Pag{\'a}n},
  journal={Social Science History},
  pages={223 - 256}
  • E. Pagán
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • History
  • Social Science History
In the early evening of 3 June 1943, just as the sun set over a city darkened by a blackout, about 50 sailors stationed at the Naval Reserve Training School in Los Angeles stormed through the mostly Mexican American neighborhoods that lay between the school andd owntown L.A. Their actions that night, which consistedm ostly of stripping zoot suits off young civilian men, set off more than a week of rioting as thousands of military personnel poured into Los Angeles from the surrounding bases and… 
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