I found this video production interesting.  I liked the early scientific journalism techniques regarding the interviews, equipment, and volleying between the scientist and the interviewers.  I was also struck by the vocabulary and level of discussion that many of those interviewed showed.  But the biggest surprise was that this took place in Pennsylvania, a northern state.  I am interested in knowing a demographic breakdown of the occupations and education levels of the 60,000 people who lived in Leviitown and what impact that had on prevalent attitudes.

Many of the people interviewed were in favor of the African American family moving into the neighborhood. Offering that they would be neighborly, talk with them, and let their children play together.  The folks in Leviitown who were against integration of their neighborhood all had very similar arguments as to why the their new neighbors should not be in their neighborhoods.  The reasons given being devaluing the neighborhood, increased crime, and the potential for African American and white children to grow up together and like each other, increasing the possibility of marriage outside of one’s race.

This was after WWII, the Korean War had stopped, and Viet Nam was sleathily beginning.  It seems that more people would have been like the open-minded neighbors and realized that integration was impossible to stop and a natural evolution of the times.  The argument that property values would decrease with an African American family, or more, living in the neighborhood was not convincing to me.  Yet the realization that this was probably a prevalent attitude throughout much of the country during this time is disconcerting and underscores how much the Civil Rights movement was needed in the South, but through the whole country.

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