American Neighbors

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American suburbs have played an important role in the changing of American society. As younger families started moving into the suburbs a cultural change started taking place. The suburbs became more of a “clique”. Neighbors began comparing themselves to each other, trying to keep up and even outdo each other in job promotions and material possessions. The suburban culture was changing what Americans viewed as important to them and the pressure to fit into society was changing the American culture as a whole. Harry Henderson points out that in the suburban culture “what the group does, thinks, and wears became ‘very important’, leading to a type of conformity” (Rugged American Collectivism). During this time we see a change from individuality

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