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Lectures in History: Post-World War II Growth of Suburbs

Richfield, Minnesota housing development (1954)

Richfield, Minnesota housing development (1954)

Schenectady, New York
Saturday, September 29, 2012

History professor Andrew Morris discusses the unprecedented demand for affordable housing in the mid-1940s and 1950s created by returning World War II veterans, resulting in the dramatic growth of U.S. suburbs. Professor Morris explains that with the combination of the Great Depression and the rationing of materials for World War II, new homes were not being built in significant numbers. As thousands of veterans came home and started families - coupled with an economic upswing - the demand for new housing skyrocketed. This class took place at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:53pm (ET)

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