From Coveralls to Zoot Suits

The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front

Author: Elizabeth R. Escobedo

Publisher: UNC Press Books


Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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During World War II, unprecedented employment avenues opened up for women and minorities in U.S. defense industries at the same time that massive population shifts and the war challenged Americans to rethink notions of race. At this extraordinary historical moment, Mexican American women found new means to exercise control over their lives in the home, workplace, and nation. In From Coveralls to Zoot Suits, Elizabeth R. Escobedo explores how, as war workers and volunteers, dance hostesses and zoot suiters, respectable young ladies and rebellious daughters, these young women used wartime conditions to serve the United States in its time of need and to pursue their own desires. But even after the war, as Escobedo shows, Mexican American women had to continue challenging workplace inequities and confronting family and communal resistance to their broadening public presence. Highlighting seldom heard voices of the "Greatest Generation," Escobedo examines these contradictions within Mexican families and their communities, exploring the impact of youth culture, outside employment, and family relations on the lives of women whose home-front experiences and everyday life choices would fundamentally alter the history of a generation.

The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military

Author: Kara D. Vuic

Publisher: Routledge


Category: History

Page: 364

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The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military is the first examination of the interdisciplinary, intersecting fields of gender studies and the history of the United States military. In twenty-one original essays, the contributors tackle themes including gendering the "other," gender and war disability, gender and sexual violence, gender and American foreign relations, and veterans and soldiers in the public imagination, and lay out a chronological examination of gender and America’s wars from the American Revolution to Iraq. This important collection is essential reading for all those interested in how the military has influenced America's views and experiences of gender.

Radicals in the Barrio

Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American Working Class

Author: Justin Akers Chacón

Publisher: Haymarket Books


Category: Social Science

Page: 500

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Radicals in the Barrio uncovers a long and rich history of political radicalism within the Mexican and Chicano working class in the United States. Chacón clearly and sympathetically documents the ways that migratory workers carried with them radical political ideologies, new organizational models, and shared class experience, as they crossed the border into southwestern barrios during the first three decades of the twentieth-century. Justin Akers Chacón previous work includes No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border (with Mike Davis).

At War

The Military and American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Author: David Kieran

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Category: History

Page: 410

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The country’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, its interventions around the world, and its global military presence make war, the military, and militarism defining features of contemporary American life. The armed services and the wars they fight shape all aspects of life—from the formation of racial and gendered identities to debates over environmental and immigration policy. Warfare and the military are ubiquitous in popular culture. At War offers short, accessible essays addressing the central issues in the new military history—ranging from diplomacy and the history of imperialism to the environmental issues that war raises and the ways that war shapes and is shaped by discourses of identity, to questions of who serves in the U.S. military and why and how U.S. wars have been represented in the media and in popular culture.

Rhythms of Race

Cuban Musicians and the Making of Latino New York City and Miami, 1940-1960

Author: Christina D. Abreu

Publisher: UNC Press Books


Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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Among the nearly 90,000 Cubans who settled in New York City and Miami in the 1940s and 1950s were numerous musicians and entertainers, black and white, who did more than fill dance halls with the rhythms of the rumba, mambo, and cha cha cha. In her history of music and race in midcentury America, Christina D. Abreu argues that these musicians, through their work in music festivals, nightclubs, social clubs, and television and film productions, played central roles in the development of Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Latino, and Afro-Latino identities and communities. Abreu draws from previously untapped oral histories, cultural materials, and Spanish-language media to uncover the lives and broader social and cultural significance of these vibrant performers. Keeping in view the wider context of the domestic and international entertainment industries, Abreu underscores how the racially diverse musicians in her study were also migrants and laborers. Her focus on the Cuban presence in New York City and Miami before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 offers a much needed critique of the post-1959 bias in Cuban American studies as well as insights into important connections between Cuban migration and other twentieth-century Latino migrations.

Todd & Curti's the American nation

Author: Paul S. Boyer



Category: History

Page: 1094

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[This book explores] seven broad themes central to American history: global relations, [the] Constitutional heritage, democratic values, technology and society, cultural diversity, geographic diversity, and economic development. They provide a context for the historical events [which] will help [the student] understand the connections between historical events and see how past events are relevant to today's social, political, and economic concerns. -Themes in American history. Throughout [the book, the student is] asked to think critically about the events and issues that have shaped U.S. history ... Helping [the student] develop critical thinking skills is a [key] goal of [the text]. -Critical thinking and the study of history.

Occupied America

A History of Chicanos

Author: Rodolfo Acuña

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group


Category: Mexican Americans

Page: 554

View: 556

"In the new fourth edition of this text, Rodolfo Acuna continues in his quest to uncover the rich complexities of Chicano/a history. In addition to a vast amount of new and updated sources, there is new material throughout the text exploring issues of gender, making this edition the most comprehensive to date. With spirit and passion, Acuna engages students and professors alike with an examination of Mexican-American history that is both thorough and challenging."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The woman in the zoot suit

gender, nationalism, and the cultural politics of memory

Author: Catherine Sue Ramírez

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Category: History

Page: 229

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Recovers the neglected history of young Mexican American women zoot-suiters in wartime Los Angeles and explains their absence from Chicano movement narratives.

Molly Takes Flight

Author: Valerie Tripp

Publisher: American Girl


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 750

Molly feels that everything in her life has changed when her father goes off to England to help wounded soldiers and her beloved aunt joins the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. Includes a section on women pilots in the armed services, and a project related to the story.