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The Nicest Kids in Town

Matt Delmont, Author

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Notes for WFIL-adelphia

[i] “You Have a Stake in Delaware, Valley, U.S.A.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 1952. On nineteenth century boosterism, see Williams Cronin, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991).
[ii] “Raw Materials,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 1952.
[iii] “You Have a Stake in Delaware, Valley, U.S.A.”
[iv] WFIL-TV, “For Advertisers…”
[v] WFIL-TV, “WFIL-adelphia, The MAIN STREET of Delware Valley, U.S.A.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 1952.
[vi] Alison Isenberg, Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), 3.
[vii] Ibid., 2.
[viii] Ibid., 42-77.
[ix] Ibid., 43.
[x] On Disneyland, see Eric Avila, Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004), 106-144; George Lipsitz, “Consumer Spending as State Project: Yesterday’s Solutions and Today’s Problems” in Getting and Spending: European and American Consumer Society in the Twentieth Century, Susan Strasser, Charles McGovern and Matthias Judt, eds. (Washington, DC: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 136-140.
[xi] Howell Baum, Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberlism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010); Orser, Blockbusting in Baltimore, 84-130; Brett Gadsden, “Victory Without Triumph: The Ironies of School Desegregation in Delaware, 1948-1978,” (Ph.D. diss., Northwestern University, 2006); Peter Irons, Jim Crow’s Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision (New York: Viking, 2002), 107-117.
[xii] Maryland repealed their anti-miscegenation law shortly before the Supreme Court’s Loving decision in 1967, while Delaware did not repeal their statue until 1986. On the history of miscegenation law, see Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
[xiii] E.S. Bankes, “Financial Basis of Expansion,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 1952, pp. 79-80.
[xiv] Abrams, Forbidden Neighbors, 102, 172.
[xv] Lynn Spigel, Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001), 35.
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