Picture Windows by Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall
How The Suburbs Happened

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In Picture Windows, Baxandall and Ewen shatter naïve stereotypes of suburban life, replacing them with a clear and compelling historical analysis that situates the development of the suburbs in relation to the pivotal issues of postwar American life. They examine the years from World War II to the present, chronicling the transformation of rural lands into tidy, uniform subdevelopments that promised all of the comforts of postwar technology.The building of the suburbs, the authors argue, was conducted in the context of heated debates over the American standard of living, visionary planners and architects’ attempts to solve the “housing crisis,” women’s liberation, and racial segregation. Baxandall and Ewen use interviews with hundreds of residents of three Long Island suburbs to weave together a story about suburbs past and present, and ultimately to insist on the centrality of suburban experience in the second half of the twentieth century.

About Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall

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Baxandall is a Professor and Chair of American Studies at the State University of New York, Old Westbury. Elizabeth Ewen is Distinguished Teaching Professor in American Studies at SUNY, Old Westbury. Stuart Ewen is CUNY Distinguished Professor of Film & Media Studies at Hunter and History and Sociology at the Graduate Center. Ewen & Ewen is their authorial sobriquet.
Published January 12, 2000 by Basic Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Though their writing is studded with scholarly footnotes, their citations of earlier writers and suburban denizens (many of them interviewed half a century after they moved out to paradise) are lively, and their story is absorbing and often revelatory.

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At federal hearings on public housing led by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1947, the senator essentially scuttled federally financed public housing by calling it a ""breeding ground for communists."" While Baxandall and Ewen never quite shake off the charges against 1950s suburbs, they do make a convin...

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