South Carolina: Rebellion at Lamar

It was called the Devil's Woodyard in the 18th century, when brawling lumberjacks settled there. Now called Lamar, the bleak little tobacco town of 1,350 in eastern South Carolina was convulsed last week in another kind of violence, an atavistic rebellion against the influx of black children to a predominantly white school.

As three buses carrying 32 black pupils pulled up in front of Lamar High School, a sullen group of 125 white men and women suddenly went wild. The 75 surprised state troopers on hand tried desperately to protect the children, as...

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