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Picture Windows: How The Suburbs Happened

Picture Windows: How The Suburbs Happened
Author: Elizabeth Ewen
ISBN 13: 9780465070138
ISBN 10: 465070132
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2001-06-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $17.00

A clear and engaging portrait of the twentieth century American suburb—where it came from and where it is going—highlighting the changing racial, ethnic, and class composition of suburban life.


When Baxandall and Ewen (both American studies, State U. of New York- Old Westbury) interviewed women in several Long Island communities about their real lives, they found that the stereotypes about suburbs have little to do with actual experience. Surmising from the interviews<-->as well as diaries, scrapbooks, and other archival sources for earlier in the century<-->they conclude that the suburbs have long been and still are centers of social and architectural experimentation where white, black, immigrant, gay, straight, old, young, married, divorced, and single people have struggled to improve their lives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)