Skip to Main Content

This video is only available in KET Passport. Learn More

Zoot Suit Riots

In June 1943, Los Angeles erupted into the worst race riots in the city to date. For ten straight nights, American sailors armed with make-shift weapons cruised Mexican American neighborhoods in search of "zoot-suiters" — hip, young Mexican teens dressed in baggy pants and long-tailed coats. The military men dragged kids — some as young as twelve years old —  and viciously beat them.
Season 14 Episode 6 Length 51:32 Premiere: 3/29/22

Sponsored by:

Corporate sponsorship for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Kentucky Tonight logo in white on blue with a "Check Schedule" button.The Kentucky Tonight logo in white on blue with a "Check Schedule" button.

Program Details

American Experience

About American Experience

American Experience, TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

TV Schedules

Upcoming

No upcoming airdates

Jump to Upcoming Airdates

Recent

Plague at the Golden Gate - S34 E4

  • Thursday May 26, 2022 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Thursday May 26, 2022 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Tuesday May 24, 2022 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Tuesday May 24, 2022 8:00 pm CT on KET
Top

Season 14 Episodes

Zoot Suit Riots

S14 E6 Length 51:32 Premiere Date 3/29/22

Specials

Plague at the Golden Gate (Chinese)

Length 1:53:20 Premiere Date 5/24/22

Plague at the Golden gate (español)

Length 1:52:39 Premiere Date 5/24/22

Flood in the Desert (español)

Length 52:45 Premiere Date 5/3/22

Zoot Suit Riots (español)

Length 51:32 Premiere Date 3/29/22

The American Diplomat (español)

Length 52:43 Premiere Date 2/15/22

Riveted: The History of Jeans (español)

Length 52:39 Premiere Date 2/7/22

Roberto Clemente (español)

Length 52:21 Premiere Date 1/25/22

FDR's Pearl Harbor Speech

Length 01:10 Premiere Date 12/6/16

Olympian Profile: Andrew Campbell

Length 03:06 Premiere Date 8/2/16

Olympian Profile: Katelin Snyder

Length 02:53 Premiere Date 8/2/16

Radio Coverage of the 1936 Olympics

Length 05:28 Premiere Date 8/2/16

Olympian Profile: Bryan Volpenhein

Length 03:25 Premiere Date 7/18/16

Olympian Profile: Caryn Davies

Length 03:23 Premiere Date 7/11/16

Grand Central: Crisis Leads to Opportunity

Length 02:19 Premiere Date 2/4/08

Grand Central: Breaking Ground

Length 01:51 Premiere Date 2/4/08

The Design of Grand Central

Length 01:07 Premiere Date 2/4/08

Explore KET