Mississippi: Laughable, but Not Funny

"That's news to me." exclaimed Mississippi's Governor Ross Barnett. "I hadn't even dreamed of it." Barnett had just been informed that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ordered the Department of Justice to bring criminal contempt charges against him and his lieutenant governor, Paul B. Johnson Jr.. for their part in obstructing the entrance of Negro James Meredith to the University of Mississippi. Barnett may have been dismayed by the news, but he could hardly have been surprised ; as a highly successful lawyer in private life, he must have known that the federal court would not forgive...

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