IN the first few days after the assassination of Martin Luther King last April, the rioting that swept American cities was almost as widespread and destructive as in all of 1967. Last year, 233 racial upheavals in 168 cities and towns caused 82 deaths, 3,400 injuries and 18,800 arrests. By comparison, in April alone this year, 202 racial disturbances hit 172 cities, resulting in 43 deaths, 3,500 injuries and 27,000 arrests. Leaders among both blacks and whites feared that the emotional orgy of those few days would prove to be only a prelude to the nation's longest, hottest summer of urban...

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