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?
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- Also with Gwen Wright Women's Suffrage Painting What role did this watercolor painting play in securing women the right to vote?
- Also with Gwen Wright Lou Gehrig Autograph Did Lou Gehrig autograph this ticket on the day he announced his retirement?
- Also in Season 7 Stalag 17 Portrait What happened to the artist of this portrait made in a German POW camp?
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