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Zoot Suit Riots

Ken Luftig Viste, the curator at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American cultural center in downtown Los Angeles, gave a tour of the museum and explained the Zoot Suit Riots that occurred in 1943.

Description

Ken Luftig Viste, the curator at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American cultural center in downtown Los Angeles, gave a tour of the museum and explained the Zoot Suit Riots that occurred in 1943.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Describe what a zoot suit looks like.
  • According to Mr. Luftig Viste, what did zoot suits represent in the 1940s?
  • What occurred during the Sleep Lagoon trial?
  • What were the Zoot Suit Riots?
  • How did these events reflect the racial tensions in Los Angeles during the 1940s?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Chicano
    • Los Angeles
    • Sleepy Lagoon Trial
    • World War Ii
    • Zoot Suit

    Topics

    State HistoryU.S. History