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 with Gwen Wright Nora Holt Autograph Book Why did this Harlem Renaissance luminary own a book filled with U.S. Presidents' signatures?
- Also with Gwen Wright Moon Museum Was work by major artists, including Andy Warhol, smuggled to the moon?
- Also with Gwen Wright China Marine Jacket Can the symbols on this jacket identify a marine who may have witnessed paradise tumbling into disaster?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Charlie Parker's Saxophone Could this be jazz legend Charlie "Bird" Parker's saxophone?
- Also in Season 7 War Dog letter The military put great effort into a new War Dogs program during WWII. What went wrong on Cat Island?
- Also in Season 7 Seadrome Did floating airports dot the Atlantic before modern air travel?
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