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Author Escobedo, Elizabeth Rachel,
Title From coveralls to zoot suits : the lives of Mexican American women on the World War II home front / Elizabeth R. Escobedo.
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2013]

Subject Mexican American women -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Mexican American women -- Employment -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- California -- Los Angeles.
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- California -- Los Angeles.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- California -- Los Angeles.
Description 1 online resource (229 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Pachuca panic -- Americanos todos : Mexican Women and the wartime state and media -- Reenvisioning Rosie : Mexican Women and wartime defense work -- Respectable rebellions : Mexican women and the world of wartime leisure -- Rights and postwar life.
Summary 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.
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ISBN 1469602067 (electronic bk.)
9781469602066 (electronic bk.)
9781469608242 (electronic bk.)
1469608243 (electronic bk.)
9781469602059 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1469602059 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 841229543
Additional Format Print version: 9781469602059 1469602059 (DLC) 2012028591