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Desegregation at Little Rock's Central High School in 1957

Last time in these pages I discussed the Supreme Court's decision in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, out of Topeka, Kansas. It attempted to rollback the premise that, if schools were "equal" in quality, then they may remain "separated" between blacks and whites.

Chief Justice Earl Warren disagreed. On May 31, 1955, Earl Warren insisted that Southern states must initiate desegregation plans in their schools "with all deliberate speed."

"Massive resistance" across the Southern states erupted. School boards closed their schools, abolished compulsory attendance laws, and redirected publ...


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