Civil Civil Rights Rights: More Anticlimax Than Crisis

Little Rock, Oxford, Tuscaloosa.

Each of these Southern communities required the presence of federal troops to achieve a measure of educational integration. In each, the federal-state confrontation amounted to a constitutional crisis, seemed to pose grave questions about the basic workings of the Republic, fanned emotions to white heat.

Last week Alabama's Governor George Wallace did his level best to incite another such crisis. He failed. Indeed, what it added up to was a segregationist Southern politician's being outmaneuvered— rather easily.

The Switch. Determined to goad President Kennedy into using federal troops to...

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