Mississippi: Life on the Campus

All but 500 of the 23,000 U.S. troops had been pulled out of Oxford, Miss. Some of Negro James Meredith's fellow students pestered him by repeatedly slamming their doors while he was trying to study. Others passed out scurrilous tracts, one of which said: "Kennedy is out to destroy America because he is a sick, sick Communist." Mostly, Meredith had only to endure a cold, hate-filled silence.

But last week life at Ole Miss began turning really rough again. The university's white students had cause to think they could get away with violence. After all, eight students arrested during the...

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