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...

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