In Levittown's Shadow: Poverty in America's Wealthiest Postwar Suburb


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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Keogh is assistant professor of history at Queensborough Community College, part of the City University of New York.


"In Levittown's Shadow shows us how the postwar US suburb was both better and worse than you might think, establishing what we might even characterize as a social-democratic welfare state for some, but one built on the exploitation and immiseration of others. This excellent book thus complicates our histories of the character and development of the US welfare state, undermines the myth of the poverty-free suburb, and deepens our understandings of the long roots of today's widespread suburban poverty." --Stephen Pimpare, University of New Hampshire
"There are more people living below the poverty line in suburbs than in urban centers today. Keogh pulls back the curtain on the longer history of this suburban poverty, explaining how Americans embraced suburbs as exceptionally prosperous spaces while also writing policies that made inequality a core component of suburban growth. In Levittown's Shadow is a compelling, urgent study--one that points a way out of this complex history toward a more equitable, just, and thriving future." --Nancy Kwak, University of California San Diego
"Keogh provides an accessible and convincing synthesis of statistics, institutional history, and sociological analysis. It's a landmark account."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"