Epitaph for Little Rock: A Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective on the Central High Crisis

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This collection of essays mines the Arkansas Historical Quarterly from the 1960s to the present to form a body of work that represents some of the finest scholarship on the crisis, from distinguished southern historians Numan V. Bartley, Neil R. McMillen, Tony A. Freyer, Roy Reed, David L. Chappell, Lorraine Gates Schuyler, John A. Kirk, Azza Salama Layton, and Ben F. Johnson III. A comprehensive array of topics are explored, including the state, regional, national, and international dimensions of the crisis as well as local white and black responses to events, gender issues, politics, and law. Introduced with an informative historiographical essay from John A. Kirk, An Epitaph for Little Rock is essential reading on this defining moment in America's civil rights struggle.

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“The issues that combined so explosively in Little Rock in 1957 continue to roil American politics and law. That is why Americans continue to study what happened there for some insight into who we really are and where we are headed in this new century. The issue is still how to take race out of the equation when it comes to educating every American child.” —From the foreword by Juan Williams, senior correspondent for National Public Radio and author of Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary and Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557288745
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,447,781
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Kirk is professor of U.S. history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Beyond Little Rock.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Juan Williams Williams, Juan

Introduction The 1957 Little Rock Crisis - A Historiographical Essay John A. Kirk Kirk, John A.

Looking Back at Little Rock Numan V. Bartley Bartley, Numan V. 1

The White Citizens' Council and Resistance to School Desegregation in Arkansas Neil R. McMillen McMillen, Neil R. 11

Politics and Law in the Little Rock Crisis, 1954-1957 Tony A. Freyer Freyer, Tony A. 27

Orval E. Faubus: Out of Socialism into Realism Roy Reed Reed, Roy 43

Diversity within a Racial Group: White People in Little Rock, 1957-1959 David L. Chappell Chappell, David L. 55

Power from the Pedestal: The Women's Emergency Committee and the Little Rock School Crisis Lorraine Gates Gates, Lorraine 65

The Little Rock Crisis and Postwar Black Activism in Arkansas John A. Kirk Kirk, John A. 89

International Pressure and the U.S. Government's Response to Little Rock Azza Salama Layton Layton, Azza Salama 103

After 1957: Resisting Integration in Little Rock Ben F. Johnson III Johnson, Ben F., III 115

Index 181

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