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Headlines from the Zoot Suit Riot (Los Angeles Times, via

Zoot Suit Riots

The Zoot Suit Riots were several days of racial conflict in the Los Angeles area in June 1943, predominantly between white U.S. servicemen and Mexican American youths. “Zoot suit” refers to a suit with a long jacket and tapered pants, popular among young Latinos at the time. Background Leading up to the riots, racial tensions …Read More

The Haymarket Riot from Harper's Weekly

Haymarket Riot

The Haymarket Riot (or Haymarket Affair) was a violent dispute between police and labor movement rallyists that took place on May 4, 1886, in Chicago’s Haymarket Square.  May 3rd Incident The day before the Haymarket Riot, labor strikers confronted strikebreakers at Chicago’s McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. The ensuing altercation with police led to the deaths …Read More