Life Is More Than a Moment: The Desegregation of Little Rock's Central High, 50th Anniversary

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Taken a half-century ago, these photographs depict the desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was so moved at the beating of veteran Alex Wilson that he ordered 1,200 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne to Little Rock, and federalized the Arkansas National Guard to quell the "disgraceful occurrences." A Life Is More Than a Moment carries us back to those painful and turbulent times, but it does not leave us there. In addition to these immortal photos, photographer ...

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Overview

Taken a half-century ago, these photographs depict the desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was so moved at the beating of veteran Alex Wilson that he ordered 1,200 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne to Little Rock, and federalized the Arkansas National Guard to quell the "disgraceful occurrences." A Life Is More Than a Moment carries us back to those painful and turbulent times, but it does not leave us there. In addition to these immortal photos, photographer Will Counts also took new portraits of many of the original subjects when he returned to Little Rock in 1997. Essays by Robert S. McCord, Ernest Dumas, and Will Campbell chart the path leading to the crisis and define its impact on the civil rights movement. This book shows an ugly hatred, but in the end, it is also a book of hope and reconciliation.

Indiana University Press

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KLIATT - Patricia Moore
Fifty years ago, in September 1957, Governor Orval Faubus ordered out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine black students from registering at Little Rock's Central High School. The drama of that day and the tumultuous days that followed were captured on film by a young photographic journalist from the Arkansas Democrat by the name of Will Counts. His pictures flashed across the country, prompting President Dwight D. Eisenhower to send in the 101st Airborne Division to protect the young black students and to control the crowds. In 1997, Counts returned to Central High to examine what progress desegregation had made at the school. This book, which presents the photos from both eras and the commentary of Counts and his associates, is an invaluable record of those eventful days.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253217936
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: 50th Anniversary
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 785,714
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Counts (1931–2001) attended Little Rock High School (now Little Rock Central High). During the Central High integration crisis between 1957 and 1960 he worked as a photographer for the Arkansas Democrat for which one of his photographs was runner-up for the 1957 Pulitzer Prize in photography.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface 000
Introduction by Will Campbell 000
A Perspective of Central High by Ernest Dumas 1
An Unexpected Crisis by Robert S. McCord 9
Covering the Crisis 29
Back to Central High 57
The Congressional Gold Medal 75
Epilogue by Robert S. McCord 77

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