Nation: Turn-Around on Integration

SUDDENLY, in a shift that could prove historic, the nation has faltered in its determination to grapple with the toughest moral and political dilemma of the postwar era: how to ensure justice for its blacks and tranquillity among its races. The momentum created over 16 years by stern courts and forceful federal officials to eliminate segregated Southern school systems has been slowed. The first hesitant steps toward racial balance of Northern schools have been thrown off stride. The nation, at least temporarily, seems to be retreating on the sensitive and highly symbolic issue of school integration.

Signs of the uneasy...

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