Too Blue to Fly by Judith Richards

“Set in the Florida swamps in 1947. A biracial family was living in a hostile area where it was illegal for blacks and whites to marry or to live together while raising their son. Then the man’s white son from his former marriage comes to live with them. The newcomer must adjust to a hateful community and a ramshackle house. The boys forge an uneasy alliance for the summer until a young girl is beaten, two men are wounded by gunfire, a man is shot and killed, and the court threatens to break the family apart, with the Ku Klux Klan threatening all. Based on Florida laws in 1947, the surprise ending offers a viable and legal solution for the boys and the parents. (Note: In 1967 the Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled that the statutory scheme to prevent marriage between persons solely on the basis of racial classification violated the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.)”.

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