Levittown was the ideal community of the 1950s, but the picturesque homes and lifestyle was not all the suburb held. The Levitts introduced the efficient way of making affordable and perfect homes, and the first suburb they created (Levittown, New York) was made to look perfect and uniformed. Levittown was a place with futuristic appliances and picture-perfect lawns, but it was full of violent prejudice. Homes in Levittown were only sold to white families even after house segregation had been ruled unconstitutional by the court; by 1953, Levittown was the the largest community, with 70,000 people, that did not have any black residents. Eventually in 1962, President John F. Kennedy prohibited racial discrimination in any housing developments. Levittown might have had segregation, but it was one of the foundations of the rise of suburbs and also led to the idea of conformity.
Culture of the 1950s