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Postwar suburban utopias actively excluded African Americans

Professor Dorothy Brown was interviewed on Curbed's "Nice Try," podcast about the 1950s Levittown pursuit of backyard utopia and how postwar suburbia actively kept out African Americans. "These developments typically excluded African Americans, deepening racial inequality and locking millions out of the dream of homeownership, the most infamous being Levittown," the story says, "while William Levitt used explicit racial covenants and other tactics to keep his developments white."
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