National Affairs: The Battle of Nashville

Dawn broke overcast and muggy over Nashville (pop. 187,000), the graceful and leisurely capital of the state of Tennessee. It was back-to-school week, and for the first time in the city's history Negro children would go to school with white children. The way had been prepared carefully; the integration would be selective and limited. Only twelve carefully chosen little Negro children, first-graders all, would go to five schools that were previously all white. But the air was charged with tension. "We are in the backwash of a thing that's going on too close to us," said School Superintendent W. A. Bass....

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