Levittown: two families, one tycoon, and the fight for civil rights in America's legendary suburb
The dark side of the American dream: the true story of the first African-American family to move into the iconic suburb, Levittown, PA . In the decade after World War II , one entrepreneurial family helped thousands of people buy into the American dream of owning a home. T he Levitts—William, Alfred, and their father, Abe—pooled their talents to create storybook towns with affordable little houses. T hey laid out the welcome mat, but not to everyone. Levittown had a whites-only policy.
The events that unfolded in Levittown, PA, in the unseasonably hot summer of 1957 would rock the community. There, a white Jewish Communist family named Wechsler secretly arranged for a black family, the Myerses, to buy the pink house next door. T he explosive reaction would transform their lives, and the nation, leading to the downfall of a titan and the integration of the most famous suburb in the world. Levittown is a story of hope and fear, invention and rebellion, and the power that comes when ordinary people take an extraordinary stand. And it is as relevant today, more than fifty years later, as it was then.
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|Full title||levittown two families one tycoon and the fight for civil rights in americas legendary suburb|
|Last Update||2017-11-17 04:59:36AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-06-22 04:56:35AM|
|author||Kushner, David, 1968-|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Adult Nonfiction|
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|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover|
|record_details||ils:.b1328891x|Book|Books|1st U.S. ed.|English|Walker & Co.,|2009.|xv, 237 p.,  p. of plates ; 24 cm.|
|subject_facet||Levittown (Pa.) -- History -- 20th century, Levittown (Pa.) -- Race relations|
|title_display||Levittown : two families, one tycoon, and the fight for civil rights in America's legendary suburb|
|title_full||Levittown : two families, one tycoon, and the fight for civil rights in America's legendary suburb / David Kushner|
|title_sub||two families, one tycoon, and the fight for civil rights in America's legendary suburb|