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Basic Information
Type of PlaceCDP, Unincorporated Borough, or MCD
Metro Area?Long Island
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Possible
Year of Greatest Interest1953
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Don't Know

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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence;Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s).
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Group(s) Excluded
Black;Jewish

Comments
From Martha Biondi, To Stand and Fight (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003): "In 1953, the home being built by Clarence Wilson ... in Copaigue, LI, was twice set on fire. 'The Ku Klux Klan No. 39' sent him and the Amityville NAACP threatening letters warning blacks to stay out of the area." One neighbor "reportedly boasted that 'they had spent a lot of money to keep Jews out and they weren't going to let Negroes move in.'" A CORE survey found 15 neighbors opposed to the Wilson, 11 not opposed, and 5 who refused to talk. He had to sell at a loss because he could not get fire insurance." (p. 237)
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