Unformatted text preview: . They targeted anyone wearing the conspicuous zoot suit , an audacious outfit favored by young, urban, Mexican-American and black men during the 1940s. During the riots , which raged for a full week, hundreds of young people—predominantly Mexican-American, African-American, and Filipino-American—were stripped of their clothing and beaten. Only after state and federal authorities stepped in did the violence cease. 12 World War II as a Watershed But even if the benefits of wartime mobilization did not create a level playing field for all Americans, the nation and its people were transformed. Wartime mobilization—and all the many opportunities and obstacles that came with it—affected the very way people viewed themselves and the society within which they lived. These changes would help set into motion a post-war era of radical social, cultural, and economic changes never before imagined...
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- Fall '10
- Riot, conspicuous zoot suit, patrolled downtown L.A.