Time Bomb

Trouble simmered all over the South last week. When the Supreme Court decided (8-to-1) that Texas—and, by implication, all Southern states—must allow Negroes to vote in white Democratic primaries, the lid came off the race problem. At the end of a jittery, egg-walking week three facts emerged:

¶ On the white-supremacy issue, the South was still solid.

¶ U.S. Negroes had won a considerable moral victory, and had gained a little political ground.

¶ Everywhere south of the Potomac, the New Deal had lost a little more ground.

White Rule. Many a white Southerner...

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