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American Experience | Episode | Zoot Suit Riots

In June 1943, Los Angeles erupted into the worst race riots in the city to date. For ten straight nights, American sailors armed with make-shift weapons cruised Mexican American neighborhoods in search of "zoot-suiters" — hip, young Mexican teens dressed in baggy pants and long-tailed coats. The military men dragged kids — some as young as twelve years old —  and viciously beat them.

S14 E6 | 0:51:32 | AIRED: 3/29/2022 | EXPIRES: 3/28/2025 |
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