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Levittown, New York: The First 50 Years (Images of America Series)

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When developer Abraham Levitt and his two sons conceived the idea for Levittown in 1946, they were probably unaware of the future impact of their radical concept--to build cellarless, affordable tract housing on Long Island farmland. Levittown became the prototype suburban community that has been mirrored in towns throughout America and around the world. This delightful photographic history chronicles the growth and development of Levittown as returning World War II GIs flocked to it in droves, attracted by the ...
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Overview


When developer Abraham Levitt and his two sons conceived the idea for Levittown in 1946, they were probably unaware of the future impact of their radical concept--to build cellarless, affordable tract housing on Long Island farmland. Levittown became the prototype suburban community that has been mirrored in towns throughout America and around the world. This delightful photographic history chronicles the growth and development of Levittown as returning World War II GIs flocked to it in droves, attracted by the promise of the American Dream of becoming homeowners. Despite criticism of its "stunning conformity," Levittown and its residents thrived as they raised families, started businesses, and created a close-knit community that exists to this day. This enchanting collection of photographs reveals the joys and struggles of Levittown's founders and residents as they carved their niche in American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738562285
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 493,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Margaret Lundrigan Ferrer and Tova Navarra are accomplished authors and local historians. In Levittown: The First 50 Years, they lovingly capture a glimpse of the town and an engaging American era that will surely appeal to both historian and resident alike.
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