Zoot to Boot: The Zoot Suit as Both Costume and Symbol

  title={Zoot to Boot: The Zoot Suit as Both Costume and Symbol},
  author={Sara E. Howard},
  journal={Studies in Latin American Popular Culture},
  pages={112 - 131}
  • Sara E. Howard
  • Published 9 September 2010
  • History
  • Studies in Latin American Popular Culture
In lieu of an abstract, here is a preview of the article.Zoot youths, dressed in exaggerated coats and flamboyant attire, were attacked on a Los Angeles, California street on May 31, 1943. The aggressors, primarily sailors, descended upon the boys out for a night on the town, beat them, stripped them of their suits, and burned the costumes in the streets. The naked and bruised youths were left alone as the mob dissipated until the police began to round the youths up as hoodlums and juvenile… 
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