FLORIDA: Passing the Test

In a legal sense, it was four young, white Florida Tobacco Readers who were on trial last week in a sweltering Tallahassee courtroom. They were charged with abducting a 19-year-old coed at Florida A. & M. University (for Negroes), forcing her at shotgun and knifepoint into a lonely stand of pines and blackjack oaks and between them, raping her seven times. But in a broader and more important sense, the Southern, segregated State of Florida was being tested in its ability to render equal justice under the law. Florida passed the test with dignity and a fine regard for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!