Levittown Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-03
  • Publisher: Walker Books
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In the decade after World War II, the entrepreneurial Levitt family helped thousands of people achieve the American dream of owning a home, in storybook suburbs they built from scratch, with affordable little houses and all the modern conveniences-and a firm whites-only policy. In the summer heat of 1957, a Jewish Communist family in Levittown, Pennsylvania, secretly arranged for an African-American family to move in next door to them, in a pink house on Deep-green Lane. The explosive reaction in the weeks that followed would lead to the downfall of a titan, and a triumph of civil rights in the world's most famous suburb. Book jacket.

Author Biography

David Kushner is the author of Masters of Doom and Jonny Magic & the Card Shark Kids. He is an essayist for National Public Radio, and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Wired. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Salon, and the Village Voice. Kushner lives in New Jersey, not far from Levittown.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Prologuep. xi
The Captain and the Kidsp. 1
The Other Harlemp. 13
Dodgers Fansp. 24
The Perfect Planp. 34
A Good Homep. 49
Pioneersp. 59
Neighborsp. 72
An Extra Bedroom and a Garagep. 78
43 Deepgreen Lanep. 86
The Secret Castlep. 95
The Baby Won't Knowp. 108
The Missing Thumbp. 121
Battle Linesp. 134
Back to Schoolp. 145
Dandelions and Bayonetsp. 153
Freedom Fightersp. 162
The Standp. 171
The Promisep. 183
Epiloguep. 193
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229
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