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The power of the zoot : youth culture and resistance during World War II

Author: Luis Alvarez
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Series: American crossroads, 24.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risque experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. The Power of the Zoot is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alvarez, Luis, 1972-
Power of the zoot.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Luis Alvarez
ISBN: 9780520253018 0520253019 9780520261549 0520261542
OCLC Number: 165957270
Description: xiii, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Dignity denied : youth in the early war years. --
Race and political economy --
Class politics and juvenile delinquency --
pt. 2. The struggle for dignity : Zoot style during World War II. --
Zoot style and body politics --
Zoots, jazz, and public space --
pt. 3. Violence and national belonging on the home front. --
Zoot violence in Los Angeles --
Race riots across the United States --
Epilogue : From Zoot Suits to Hip-Hop.
Series Title: American crossroads, 24.
Responsibility: Luis Alvarez.
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Offering a history of youth culture based on interviews with former zoot-suiters, this book explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. It argues that  Read more...


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"Diligently charts a culture's exemplar, the zoot suit, and connects it to modern fashion and music ... It is a compelling window into the U.S. in the war years as seen from a much different point of Read more...

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