South Carolina: The Orangeburg Incident

Few states in the Deep South have adapted to the impetus of integration as successfully as South Carolina. In contrast with Alabama and Mississippi, the old Palmetto State weathered changes with relatively little trauma. Thus, it came as a shock in February 1968 when police fired into a mob of Negro college students during a racial disturbance, killing three and wounding 27. The "Orangeburg Massacre" joined Selma and Neshoba County in the litany of racial violence.

Last week in Florence, the trial of nine state highway patrolmen on federal charges of civil...

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