Season 3, Episode 1- Zoot Suits, Las Pachucas, and the Sleepy Lagoon Murder with Lizbeth Guardado and David Solis

Image is of US Navy members with sticks and bats during the Zoot Suit Riots

In this episode, sophomore history education majors Lizbeth Guardado and David Solis join Hollie Marquess to discuss the Zoot Suit Riots, the Sleeply Lagoon Murder, and a lesser known group involved, Las Pachucas. 

David Solis discusses Las Pachucas and, as promised, here is an image of their signature hairdo.

Lizbeth’s research focused on the Sleepy Lagoon Murder and trial as a precursor to the Zoot Suit Riots.

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Selected Bibliography:

The Sleepy Lagoon Murder Case: Race and Discrimination and Mexican American Rights – Mark A. Weitz, 2010

The Zoot Suit Riots: The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation -Mauricio Mazon, 1984 

Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A. – Eduardo Pagan, 2011

From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front.– Elizabeth Escobedo, 2013

The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and The Cultural Politics of Memory– Catherine Ramirez, 2009

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