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This Man Is the Father of Modern American Suburbia

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This Man Is the Father of Modern American Suburbia

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By 1951, two thirds of Americans lived in urban areas. Enter William Levitt, a former navy lieutenant, who would utilize construction techniques he learned in the military to build affordable suburban homes.


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It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.

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