Ten million American service men and women came home at the close of WWII, eager to turn their energies from fighting to building a modern postwar nation. An emerging network of interstate highways would encourage a new scale of housing in large new suburbs, places like Levittown, New York, where the company’s factory produced one four room house every 16 minutes in 1950.
The Depression, followed by the war years, had left the nation with a critical housing shortage. Where would the army of returning GI’s live?
History Detectives investigates a discovery which may offer a unique look at how necessity became the mother of invention in postwar America. Has a boxcar been used to build a couple's Lakewood home?
- Also in Season 7 St Valentine's Day Massacre Was this weapon fired in one of the nation's most infamous crimes?
- Related Investigation Railroad Station Is a disused depot the first railroad station in Texas?
- Also with Gwen Wright Drug Smuggling Doll What does this doll reveal about disease, death and daring during the Civil War?
- Related Investigation Witch's House Could this house have once belonged to a woman executed during the Salem Witch trials?
- Also with Gwen Wright Movie Palace Is this small Wisconsin town theater the country's first great movie palace?
- Also with Gwen Wright Calhoun Books Are these the books of the famed intellectual architect of the Confederacy?
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