Twenty minutes after the President arrived at a farewell party for retiring Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson, an aide passed him a message. Ike beckoned to Mamie. "What—another crisis?" she asked. "The same one," he replied. The President sped downtown to his office in the White House, conferred with Attorney General Herbert Brownell, pored over a press association Teletype copy that lay before him. "Well," said Ike, "I guess we've still got this problem with us."

The problem was that Arkansas' Governor Orval Eugene Faubus had once more wrecked a responsible attempt to...

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