Zoot Suit Riots, 1943

Zoot Suit Riots, 1943

“Zoot Suit Riots, 1943”. The zoot suit was a popular style of dress among nonwhite youths during WWII. With ballooned pants that tapered at the ankle, oversized jackets, and a broad-rimmed hat, zoot suits were a way for these marginalized groups to express autonomy. Mainstream society, however, viewed zoot culture as rebellious. In June of 1943, violence escalated in Los Angeles when white servicemen scoured the city attacking zoot suiters. The targets were predominately Mexican Americans, but African Americans and Filipino Americans were also attacked. For several days, servicemen dragged nonwhite youths into the streets where they beat them and stripped them of their zoot suits. The Zoot Suit Riots lasted for days and sparked racial violence across home front America.

Global Boston: A Portal to the Region’s Immigrant Past and Present

Global Boston: A Portal to the Region’s Immigrant Past and Present

Global Boston is a digital project chronicling the history of immigration to greater Boston since the early nineteenth century. Examining different time periods and ethnic groups, the site features capsule histories, photographs, maps, documents, and oral histories documenting the history of a city where immigrants have long been a vital force in shaping economic, social and political life. ‘Global Boston’ is a digital project based at Boston College.

Immigrant and Refugee Contributions to Lowell

Immigrant and Refugee Contributions to Lowell

In celebration of their centennial year, the International Institute of New England created the “Lowell 100” to recognize 100 incredible lives and how their accomplishments in the fields of business, education, faith, health care, the arts and cultural preservation, and civic engagement have made Lowell a better place to live, work, and raise our families.

Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum

We tell the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.

DPLA

DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society.

Ethnicity in Lowell

Ethnicity in Lowell

This Ethnography Project, sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park, examines the history of immigration and ethnicity in Lowell.