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Letter

Dear Dad,      

 

              My name is Rudy Zamora I’m a Mexican American Pachuco from the 1940s. I grew up in a time of no money and a lot of disrespect toward us Mexicans we didn’t have the ability to have an education nor the freedom to have a good time without being hassled. Being a pachuco in the streets of Los Angeles is hard; we have to worry about other gang members and of the white man coming to our neighborhood to mess with us. In 1942 the trial of the Sleepy Lagoon Murder, really was the start of everything. The 38th street gang was accused of a murder they didn’t do, the 1940’s was a tough time but we did have a lot of pride and honor to be chicano. We didn’t take crap from no one we were all down for each other I remember the times the police would come to People’s houses to tell them they only had 2 days to pack there things and get out. They were being deported back to Mexico, Thank God we never got caught we always got lucky. Los Angeles, CA is a beautiful place to be but some people don’t seem to understand this is our home.  1943 was the beginning of the Zoot Suit Riots if u were brown, or if u wore a zoot suit you would be in a whole lot of trouble you had to be ready to fight. The riots started because we were all angry about the sleepy lagoon trial. During the Zoot Suit Riots was the time every chicano gang in L.A joined together to fight against the Navy. The Navy would beat us and strip us in public. The police would just stand there and watch. Girls that wore the suit would get raped and beaten.  The press took the Navy side although we were the victims they didn’t care about us they just wanted to make money.

Many chicanos joined the military to fight or to get away from everything the sad part is that they never got recognized for joining in the arm forces and being in the frontlines. Being a Mexican American pachuco is an honor but in the 1940’s is was a struggle.

 

 

Sincerely

Your son Ruby Zamora 

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Pachuco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pachuco refers to a particular subculture of Hispanic and Latino Americans associated with zoot suits, street gangs, nightlife, and flamboyant public behavior. The idea of the pachuco – a zoot-suited, well-dressed, street-connected flamboyant man of Hispanic/Latino heritage – originated in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and moved westward, following the line of migration of Mexican railroad workers ("traqueros") into Los Angeles, where it developed further.

A pachuca is the female counterpart, often idealized as a beautiful Latina/Hispanic woman in extravagant evening dress or a female version of the zoot suit, out with a pachuco boyfriend for a night on the town. Pachucas broke taboos of their time by wearing men's-style pants sometimes and appearing in public often with their pachuco boyfriends; at the time, a "good woman" was considered to have her place in the home. They defied gender stereotypes and roles in Mexican-American culture in much the same way flappers had in European-American culture in the 1920s.

The word "pachuco" originated, probably early in the 20th century, in a Mexican Spanish slang term for a resident of the cities of El Paso and Juárez. Even today, El Paso and Juárez are called "El Chuco" or "El Pasiente" by some.

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Zoot Suit Riots :: Zoot Suit Discovery Guide

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The History of the Pachuco

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Pachucos was a term to describe marginalized young Mexican Americans in the 1930s and 1940s.
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Who were the Pachucos?

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Answer Pachucos were Mexican American youth who developed their own subculture during the 1930s and 1940s in the Southwestern United States.
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