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Picture Windows : How the Suburbs Happened

Picture Windows : How the Suburbs Happened - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465070138

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Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 2000
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Picture Windows : How the Suburbs Happened - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465070138

Rosalyn Baxandall and Elizabeth Ewen

ISBN13: 978-0465070138
ISBN10: 0465070132
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

When Baxandall and Ewen interviewed women in several Long Island communities about their real lives, they found that the stereotypes about suburbs have little to do with actual experience. Surmising from the interviews as well as diaries, scrapbooks, and other archival sources for earlier in the century they conclude that the suburbs have long been and still are centers of social and architectural experimentation where white, black, immigrant, gay, straight, old, young, married, divorced, and single people have struggled to improve their lives.

Table of Contents

Part One The Beginnings

Chapter 1. The Gold Coast
Chapter 2. The Second Industrial Revolution: Mass
Production Makes a Dent
Chapter 3 Suburban Birth Pangs

Part Two New Thoughts, New Deals

Chapter 4. Housing the Masses: Ideas and Experiments
Chapter 5. The New Deal: One Third of a Nation Still
Unhoused
Chapter 6. The Common Good: Public or Private
Chapter 7. World War II: Baptism by Fire

Part Three Who Would House the Masses?

Chapter 8. Postwar Housing Politics: The McCarthy
Hearings on Housing
Chapter 9. Home Ownership: Is It Sound?
Chapter 10. The Master Builders and the Creation of
Modern Suburbia

Part Four Suburban Life and Culture, Fifties Style

Chapter 11. The New Suburban Culture: Living in
Levittown
Chapter 12. America, Love It or Levitt

Part Five Suburbia Speaks

Chapter 13. Suburban Segregation
Chapter 14. The Battle for Integration
Chapter 15. Old Towns,New Families

Part Six Critical Junctions

Chapter 16. Utopia Revisited
Chapter 17. New Immigrants
Conclusion: Crossroads
Endnotes
Index

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