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

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Baker & Taylor
Describes how the Levitt family constructed homes in Levittown only available to white buyers and how a white Jewish family secretly arranged for a black family to purchase a house, an arrangement that resulted in protests and court-ordered integration.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

& Taylor

Describes how the entrepreneurial Levitt family constructed affordable community homes that were only available to white buyers, recounting how the Wechslers, a white Jewish communist family, secretly arranged for a black family to purchase a house next door, an arrangement that resulted in an explosive response and influential integration practices. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802716194
Characteristics: xv, 237 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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