Los Angeles Zoot: Race "Riot," the Pachuco, and Black Music Culture

  title={Los Angeles Zoot: Race "Riot," the Pachuco, and Black Music Culture},
  author={Douglas Henry Daniels},
  journal={The Journal of African American History},
  pages={98 - 118}
  • D. Daniels
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • History
  • The Journal of African American History
The interrelationships between black, Hispanic, and American popular culture are evident from an examination of the so-called "zoot-suit" riot that occurred in early June 1943 in Los Angeles. Such riots also took place elsewhere that year, but the first was in Southern California, where there were neither fatalities nor destruction of propertyunlike in New York and Detroit; in Los Angeles, whites not only attacked and beat Mexican Americans and blacks, but stripped from them their fashionable… 


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