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Along a Far Horizon Set in Northeastern Wyoming during the last years of the Great Depression, Along a Far Horizon is a tale of murder and political intrigue as well as a documentary account of the times. Eleven year-old Ted Wesley is a keen observer, who learns that being weak and terrified does not make one helpless. And he has plenty to fear after his father befriends three African Americans who are stranded on the open prairie in the rain. For that seemingly harmless act of charity puts all of them in hazard. The ensuing chain of events brings Ted into encounters with violent men, pedophilia, and even federal agents. He learns first hand of the way intolerance poisons the life of the community, turning ordinary citizens into partisans of evil. Through Ted’s eyes, we experience the everyday life of small towns in the prairies and Black Hills during 1938 and ’39, and also feel the influence of the comic strips, motion picture and radio serials, horror movies, and popular magazines. Because things and people prominent at the time may be obscure to present day readers, the author has included “end notes” which identify various historical and popular figures, organizations, phrases, and other things that may not be known to contemporary readers as well as clarify certain social relationships and mannerisms of the late 1930s.
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John Adkins Richardson John Adkins Richardson is an artist and historian, among whose previous books are Modern Art and Scientific Thought, Art: The Way It Is, The Complete Book of Cartooning, and From Pure Visibility to Virtual Reality in an Age of Estrangement. He and his wife, Dr. Glenda Lawhorn Richardson, make their home in Bangor, Maine.
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