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 Quaker Map Did this faded map once guide slaves to freedom on the underground railroad?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Unwed Mother's Home Is this small medallion enough information to help a woman find her birth parents?
- Also with Gwen Wright Powder Horn Who is the man etched into this powder horn?
- Also with Gwen Wright Texas POW Camp Was this small town in Texas the home of a WWII POW camp?
- Related Investigation Chicago Clock What role did this clock play in keeping 19th century America running on time?
- Also in this episode Amelia Earhart Plane Was this piece of metal ripped from one of the most famous missing planes in history?
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