The Nation: Small Mercies

Elsewhere, too, it was a season for being grateful for small mercies. The news from Boston was mostly dreary as the lines were drawn even more sharply in the dispute over busing. The all-white school committee refused to comply with a federal court order to approve a plan to extend integration to all of the schools next year. The Department of Health, Education and Welfare then suspended payment of a $1.9 million grant, which is badly needed to help ease the pains of desegregation.

Yet there was also a perceptible lifting of spirits, as...

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