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Levittown by David Kushner

Levittown touches on the story of the famous suburbs, but only to tell the tale of the integration of the falsely perfect community, which not only rejected African-American buyers but also prohibited renting to African Americans. When the Myers family purchases a home from its departing white owners, ugly violence ensues, even though the Myers have three small children including a baby! This is 1957. Fortunately many other residents support the black family through letters, practical help, and by keeping vigil when the police proves unequal to the task, but the minority of haters manages to create a dangerous and more than hostile climate until (slow) justice is done.

A good companion to other true stories about the supposedly idyllic 50’s: here, and here.

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