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 China Marine Jacket Can the symbols on this jacket identify a marine who may have witnessed paradise tumbling into disaster?
- Also with Gwen Wright Lauste Film Clip How is this odd strip of film connected to the invention of talking movies?
- Also with Gwen Wright Spybook What does this little black book reveal about spying on the home front during World War I?
- Related Investigation Chinese Opium Scale Could this really be an opium scale from the Chinese community of Montana?
- Also in this episode Fillmore Pardon Did President Fillmore pardon a Native American convicted of murder?
- Also in Season 7 Sideshow Babies Was the owner of this cup once a four-pound sideshow exhibit?
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