In the decades following the end of World War II, suburban sprawl started to stretch out from US cities - alongside new, fast, multi-lane freeways.
Here, Professor of International History David Reynolds - from the BBC Radio 4 series America, Empire of Liberty - charts the growth of the suburbs, and explains why skin colour prevented some families from starting a new life.
Photos courtesy Getty Images. Music courtesy KPM Music. 1952 audio archive courtesy Ford Motor Company.
Slideshow by Paul Kerley. Publication date 1 June 2009.
From Monday 1 June, Professor David Reynolds presents
America, Empire of Liberty
- a landmark series on the history of the United States.
This slideshow features extracts from the episode The Suburban Republic, which broadcasts on Wednesday 3 June at 1545 BST on
BBC Radio 4
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