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 Cherokee Bible What can this bible written in Cherokee tell us about one of the darkest chapters in Indian history?
- Related Investigation Railroad Station Is a disused depot the first railroad station in Texas?
- Also with Gwen Wright Red Cloud Letter How was a leader of the Lakota people connected with the controversial sculptor of Mount Rushmore?
- Also with Gwen Wright Society Circus Program Why are some of New York's wealthiest planning a circus at the depth of the Great Depression?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Car Tape Deck Is this an example of the first ever commercially produced car tape player?
- Also in Season 7 Lubin Photos What do these photo albums reveal about the birth of the silver screen?
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