Essay The Emergence Of The Suburbs

722 Words May 11th, 2015 3 Pages
The emergence of the suburbs caused both cultural and political changes in the 1960s and 1970s. The suburbs represented prosperity, affluence, and security, while also creating a more society with more homogeneity. The development of interstate highways in the 1950s made suburbanization easier because it gave citizens the ability to commute to work from the suburbs (Suri, Lecture 20). The suburbs divided communities and separated individuals from the cities, creating a form of self-segregation, which made social reform difficult (Perlstein). For social reform to prosper, individuals need to be united and working together towards a common goal, which was hindered by suburbanization. In Perlstein’s book, he mentions how the suburbs changed American politics due to the different goals of people living in the city and in the suburbs. Although individuals living in the suburbs were not necessarily racist or opposed to integration, but they wanted to move away from the grasp of the federal government and violence within cities. This lowered the number of supporters of social reform movements in the cities which ultimately hindered their progress all together.
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