THE NATION: The Meaning of Little Rock

"Some people say it's like a dream—it can't be happening here," mused Presbyterian Minister Dunbar H. Ogden Jr., president of the Greater Little Rock Ministerial Association, as he contemplated the fate that had befallen his city. "But I haven't felt like that. This is real."

It was grimly real: a segregationist mob had ruled Little Rock for an ugly moment in U.S. history. Now the face of the law was that of a young U.S. Army paratrooper in battle gear outside Central High School. Little Rock was a name known wherever men could read newspapers and listen to radios, a...

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