RACES: The Dream

When he enlisted in the Navy, Clark Council Hamilton, a fair-skinned, brown-eyed young fellow, listed himself as a white man. Last year, after he got out of the service, he went to Roanoke, Va., married a redheaded, 19-year-old white girl named Florence Hammond, whom he had met while she was selling popcorn at a local movie house. Florence's family were semiliterate Virginia dirt farmers. At first they welcomed Clark. But after a while his mother-in-law began to resent him—she still wanted Florence tied to her apron strings.

The young couple went off...

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