National Affairs: Little Rock Fever

The South

Children hawked Confederate pins in the lobby of Houston's Music Hall, banners and paper hatbands urged the selection of the evening's speaker as President of the U.S., and cops sprouted like potted palms. Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had come to town, infecting Houston (pop. 897,600) with a slight case of the disease, symptomized by a rash of extremism, known as Little Rock fever.

On the eve of Faubus' arrival for a speech sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, Texas' Democratic Senator Lyndon Johnson had gone out of his way to speak against "the hotheads on both sides," admitted that...

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