American Experience

Zoot Suit Riots

Season 14 Episode 6 | 51m 32s | Video has closed captioning.

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.

Aired: 03/29/22

Expires: 03/28/25

Rating: NR

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