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 War Dog letter The military put great effort into a new War Dogs program during WWII. What went wrong on Cat Island?
- Also with Gwen Wright Tokyo Rose Did this 1940s recording help convict the woman alleged to be "Tokyo Rose"?
- Also with Gwen Wright Koranic School Book Why does this 200 year old schoolbook contain two translated passages from the Koran?
- Also in Season 7 St Valentine's Day Massacre Was this weapon fired in one of the nation's most infamous crimes?
- Also in Season 7 Pancho Villa Watch Fob Did the owner of this watch fob witness the horrifying raid on Pancho Villa?
- Also with Gwen Wright Monroe Letter Does this letter link America's President to the high seas piracy of U.S. merchant ships in the early 1800s?
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