Levittown: A Racial Battleground In The Suburbs During the 1950s, 20 million Americans moved to the suburbs. One of the most famous is the planned community of Levittown, Pa. But it wasn't just pretty Cape Cod cottages and state of the art appliances. In the summer of 1957, riots broke out after a black couple moved in.
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Levittown: A Racial Battleground In The Suburbs

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Levittown: A Racial Battleground In The Suburbs

Levittown: A Racial Battleground In The Suburbs

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During the 1950s, 20 million Americans moved to the suburbs. One of the most famous is the planned community of Levittown, Pa. But it wasn't just pretty Cape Cod cottages and state of the art appliances. In the summer of 1957, riots broke out after a black couple moved in.

In his new book, "Levittown," David Kushner writes that the model town was not built on hope, but on fear. He tells host Liane Hansen how the town maintained its racial covenant despite court orders and harassment.