Back “Ordeal in Levittown,” David B. Bittan

David B. Bittan (1921-2001)
From Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941–1973

Sales flyer for new homes in Levittown, PA. The captions read “One of four different styles of the Jubilee . . . the Colonial . . . the Pennsylvanian . . . of the Country Clubber.” Image courtesy of the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s online exhibit on Levittown.

Buying a home has long been considered part of the American dream. In 1957, when William and Daisy Myers purchased a four-year-old home in Levittown, Pennsylvania, at the recommendation of their new next-door neighbor, their dream quickly turned into a nightmare involving riotous mobs, vandalism, death threats, a seriously injured patrolman, and “round-the-clock police guard.” Their story was profiled in Look magazine the following year by one of their new neighbors, Philadelphia Daily News journalist David B. Bittan.

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