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.

You can find this episode on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyAmazon Music, or any of the major podcast platforms. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

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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Episode 2- “Holocaust of the East: Judeo-Bolshevism and Auschwitz Syndrome” with Matt Davenport

“memorial for children murdered at Babi Yar” by Anosmia is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In Episode 2, Matt Davenport, senior History/Secondary Education major at FHSU, discusses Auschwitz Syndrome, Judeo-Bolshevism, and the Holocaust in the East. Matt also discusses his recent trip to the exhibit “Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away” at Union Station in Kansas City. Visit for more information on this exhibit.

*content warning* discussion of genocide and violence against children.

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Selected Bibliography:

Ehrenburg, Ilya and Vasily Grossman. The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry. Translated by David Patterson. New York: Routledge, 2002.

“The Bolshevik Star.” ca. 1920-1940. Blavatnik Archive,

Episode 1- “Chasing Normalcy: Relationship Dynamics in WWII Japanese-American Internment Camps” with Chelsea Kiefer

“Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. A view at a dance given at camp #2 to celebrate the Harvest Festival, which was held at this camp on Thanksgiving day.”
WWII: Japanese-American Internment by Francis Stewart, 1942 (NARA)

In our first episode of Victor E. History, sophomore Chelsea Kiefer discusses her research on life in the Japanese-American internment camps and how that experience changed relationship dynamics.

You can find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Buzzsprout, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Selected Bibliography:

Gruenewald, Mary Matsuda. Looking like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps. Troutdale, OR: NewSage Press, 2010.

Lange, Dorothea, Linda Gordon, and Gary Y. Okihiro. Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.

Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. New York: Scholastic Nonfiction, 2006.

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