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 Mussolini's Dagger Did a World War II GI return home with Mussolini's dagger?
- Also with Gwen Wright Black Tom Shell Is this shell from a devastating act of foreign sabotage on American soil?
- Related Investigation Chicago Clock What role did this clock play in keeping 19th century America running on time?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Howard Hughes Crash Was this the instrument that chartered Howard Hughes' near fatal plunge into Beverly Hills?
- Also with Gwen Wright Coney Island Lions Could this be an artifact from the bygone days of early amusement parks?
- Also with Gwen Wright Silent Film Reel Could this film reel could be a silent movie once lost forever to history?
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