At Ole Miss: Echoes of a Civil War's Last Battle

Twenty years ago this week, the campus of the University of Mississippi was shattered by riots protesting the admission of the first black student. TIME asked Mississippian Willie Morris, the author (North Toward Home, Terrains of the Heart) and former editor of Harper's magazine, to examine changes at Ole Miss since then.

As one strolls across this hauntingly lovely campus in the beginnings of the great Southern autumn, it is difficult to conceive the chaos and mayhem of Sept. 30, 1962—the gunshots and burning vehicles, the bricks and tear-gas canisters, the federal marshals and...

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