Unformatted text preview: • prevalent during period in which American society was undergoing profound structural change • intensified social mobility during zoot-suit riots • riots caused primarily by patriotism and attitudes toward war • zoot-suiters were targeted by gangs of marines • female zoot-suiters had drugs and they concealed quantities because it was less likely for them to get caught (gendered construction that usually only men do this, so women shouldn’t get caught because they wouldn’t do such things) • wearing the zoot-suit uniform was basically inviting police over Why was it significant? • Chicano union activist Cesar Chavez came into contact with community politics and through participating in the zoot-suit riots in Harlem, he was transformed into the Black radical leader known as Malcolm X....
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- Spring '08
- Mexican American, Zoot suit, zoot-suit riots, zoot