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In Cold War America, homeownership was seen as a means of instilling patriotism, and as a civilizing and anti-radical force

In Cold War America, homeownership was seen as a means of instilling patriotism, and as a civilizing and anti-radical force

No man who owns his own house and lot can be a Communist, claimed William Levitt, who pioneered the modern suburb with the development of the various Levittowns, his famous planned communities. He has too much to do.

But the Levittowns were, with Levitt's willing acquiescence, segregated throughout their early years

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Daisy and Bill Myers, the first black family to move into Levittown, Pennsylvania, were greeted with protests and a burning cross. A neighbor who opposed the family said that Bill Myers was probably a nice guy, but every time I look at him I see $2,000 drop off the value of my house.