Education: Desegregation: The South's Tense Truce

GOVERNORS and mayors barring the schoolhouse door, hostile police, screaming and sometimes violent white mobs, ingenious legal barriers—these have been the autumnal rites in the South since the Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional in 1954. No more. This fall some of the South's most recalcitrant school districts have ceased resistance to the legal requirement that racially separate educational systems be abolished.

With some tension but remarkably little disorder, through last week at least, the South took its biggest step yet toward total desegregation. This term, another 900 of the Old Confederacy's 2,697...

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