A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 16, 1957

THREE weeks ago TIME'S editors began planning coverage of one of the year's biggest news stories: the opening of schools in the South. Alerts were sent to a score of bureau and stringer correspondents (local newsmen who report for TIME) ; preliminary reports streamed back to New York, and red circles appeared on the maps.

North Carolina, representing a significant integration breakthrough in the Solid South, was obviously a key state. While stringers covered Charlotte and Greensboro, Atlanta Bureau Chief Harry Johnston flew to Winston-Salem with responsibility for reporting statewide developments.

Tennessee also demanded...

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