The Nation: The Busing Issue Boils Over

TO many Americans, the most important journeys of election year 1972 are not the candidates' peregrinations, or even President Nixon's visits to Moscow and Peking, but the trips that their children—black or white, Northern or Southern—take each day in school buses. The familiar, homely yellow conveyance of the Norman Rockwell past has come to symbolize a bitter struggle over integration. Busing is fast becoming the most explosive domestic issue.

For years, busing was primarily a Southern concern as courts ordered school districts to dismantle dual school systems. But in the past year, court-dictated...

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