Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Rollover text informationAmerican Experience
Zoot Suit Riots
The Film and More
Film Description
Transcript
Primary Sources
Further Reading

Special Features
Timeline
Gallery
People and Events
Teacher's Guide
Visite nuestro sitio de web en Español

spacer above content
Primary Sources: Letter from Henry Leyvas to Alice McGrath

Henry sent Alice this note the day after being sentenced to life in prison -- a conviction that would later be overturned on appeal.

Los Angeles
LA-CA, 1-13-43

Dear Alice,

I hope you will pardon me for this very short letter, but I hope you will understand my feelings. As you know the outcome of my trial, I will not go into the details. I am sorry that things turn out the way they did as I had very rozy expectations for the future. Did you ever make a castle out of sand or mud when you was a very small girl in pigtails and took much pains and trouble to erect it and all of a sudden a bigger kid came over and destroyed it for you? Well my feelings are somewhat similar? It seems like the whole world just folded up on me, and there is nothing I can do about it.

I only hope that our friendship will be on the same par as before. I don't know what else to write excepting of course to thank you again for your kind interest and your very nice letters. Until I hear from you again I will remain

Respectfully,
Henry

PS
Yes please try and come and see me. My tank now is 10-131 (on 10-B1)



Site Navigation

The Film & More: Film Description | Transcript | Primary Sources | Further Reading

Zoot Suit Riots Home | The Film & More | Special Features | Timeline
Gallery | People and Events | Teacher's Guide

Web Credits

© New content 1999-2002 PBS Online / WGBH