It's now 1939 and 17 year-old Alex returns to home to Elizabeth City from college. He's also there to tell his father that he's not on leave to conduct a research paper but has in fact quit school. Simon has re-married since Bertha died and Alex has some difficulty with that, all the more so when he realizes that his step-mother is pregnant. Simon has high hopes for his son and firmly believes in education as they to improve your lot in life. Deciding to compromise, Simon decides he should join the army but Alex agrees to join the US Coast Guard. Like many other blacks in the segregated military, he finds himself relegated to the kitchen serving as a steward, making beds and shining shoes and silver. Out on liberty, Alex meets Nan Branch at a church dance. With the onset of World War II, they are married but his father disapproves. They soon have a daughter and with wars end, Simon stills holds out some hope that Alex will return to college. Alex decides he likes writing but opts to ... Written by
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The issue of "Life" that the second motel owner is seen reading during the November 1946 sequence was the weekly magazine's tenth anniversary issue, which was released on November 25, 1946. See more