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Fact or Fiction: Zoot Suits
by Staff
At first, zoot suits were just another fashion statement, a way for their largely African American and Mexican American wearers to identify themselves as hip and trendy. But zoot suits came to mean much more, regarded alternately as unpatriotic uniforms during World War II and symbols of resistance and independence. Test your knowledge of zoot suits and their significance here.

Zoot suits were first designed in the 1920s.

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It’s unclear who made the first zoot suit.

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Malcolm X wore a zoot suit.

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Zoot suits were most popular amongst white, middle class businessmen.

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Zoot suits were initially associated with music and dance.

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Zoot suits were made of cotton.

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Those who wore zoot suits also often wore riding boots and scarves.

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Zoot suits were inexpensive.

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The word zoot is slang and means "exaggerated."

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Zoot suit pants were loose at the waist and tight at the knees.

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Zoot suit jackets were narrow at the shoulders.

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It was considered patriotic to wear zoot suits during World War II.

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The Zoot Suit Riots occurred between American servicemen and young Mexican Americans.

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The term "zoot suit riots" comes from the fact that many young men targeted by soldiers and sailors were wearing zoot suits.

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The Zoot Suit Riots happened out of the blue.

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Zoot suiters were routinely linked to criminal and gang activity in the press.

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Press coverage of the riots helped calm the situation.

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The Los Angeles City Council eventually banned the wearing of zoot suits.

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Long after the Zoot Suit Riots, the zoot suit became associated with the Chicano pride and black liberation movements.

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Zoot suits have been worn around the world as symbols of resistance.

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