Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece

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CONTENTS

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p. vii

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-x

Books are always collaborative ventures that rely on the assistance of numerous people, and this one is no exception. We would like to begin by thanking Larry Malley, Julie Watkins, Shay Hopper, Michael W. Bieker, and Thomas Lavoie...

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INTRODUCTION

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p. xi

In September 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus found themselves locked in an epic struggle over the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The two men viewed the crisis through very different political lenses, which shaped their responses...

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1. Before the Crisis

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pp. 1-40

Arkansas was a relatively moderate southern state, one that had peacefully integrated the state university, several smaller colleges, medical and law schools, several public schools, and the bus system prior to 1957. This is one of the reasons that the desegregation battle over Little Rock’s Central High School was so...

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2. During the Crisis

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pp. 41-76

Arkansas was a relatively moderate southern state, one that had peacefully integrated the state university, several smaller colleges, medical and law schools, several public schools, and the bus system prior to 1957. This is one of the reasons that the desegregation battle over Little Rock’s Central High School was so...

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3. Reaction and Response

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pp. 77-110

The politicians, community members, and families directly involved in the crisis published responses and received letters and telegrams from a range of groups, including the NAACP, the National Urban League, moderate Arkansas voters, segregationists...

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4. Remembering and Commemorating Little Rock

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pp. 111-156

The documents in this section detail how the Little Rock crisis has been remembered and commemorated since 1957. The documents in “Remembering and Commemorating Little Rock” suggest that the shift in the political climate has shaped the memory and the retelling of the event. Additionally, the...

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5. Desegregation Only Went So Far

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pp. 157-188

The documents in “Desegregation Only Went So Far: The Limits and Legacy of Little Rock” examine the long-term impact of the desegregation efforts of the 1950s and 1960s. They detail continued legal battles, unlikely friendships that crossed racial boundaries, and the half-century struggle to create desegregated schools...

APPENDIX A. Timeline

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pp. 189-200

APPENDIX B. Key Players in the Little Rock Crisis

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pp. 201-206

APPENDIX C. Questions and Assignments

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pp. 207-216

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 217-224

INDEX

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pp. 225-242

About the Authors, Back Cover

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