Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Levittown and Post-World War II Suburbanization

Post World War II Suburbanization

Professor Evan Friss talked about the evolution of suburbs after World War II. Using Levittown, NY as an example, he discussed the factors that helped suburbs developed. He spoke about the GI Bill, mass production of homes and the uniformity of houses.

Description

Professor Evan Friss talked about the evolution of suburbs after World War II. Using Levittown, NY as an example, he discussed the factors that helped suburbs developed. He spoke about the GI Bill, mass production of homes and the uniformity of houses.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What factors contributed to the growth of suburbs after World War II?
  • Describe what Professor Friss means when he says “often the houses looked very similar, and so did the people.”
  • Describe the size and location of the suburb of Levittown.
  • How were houses in Levittown built? Why was this done?
  • How did Levittown provide affordable housing options for the middle class?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • G. I. Bill
    • Levittown
    • Mass Production
    • Middle Class
    • Model Home
    • Post War
    • Precut Lumber
    • Suburb

    Topics

    GeographyU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity