Turn Away Thy Son

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arkansas Pr
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In September 1957 nine black children tried to integrate Arkansas's Little Rock Central High School in accordance with the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Claiming he was acting to keep the peace, Gov. Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to keep them out of the school. After a lengthy standoff, President Eisenhower called in the 101st Airborne and reluctantly, slowly, but forcibly began to integrate the school. The standoff became a rallying cry for Southern segregationists and a marker of the country's shame. The accounts that have been so mythologized over the years leave people embarrassed and angry, yet the myth is a cardboard cutout of the full story. Turn Away Thy Son, told from the point of view of sixteen key participants, brings the nine students, their tormentors, the school administration, the governor, and the press to vivid life. It shows the truth about Little Rock, beyond the caricatures to the fundamental driving forces that made school desegregation the hottest of hot-button issues in the Jim Crow South.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Miscegenation and the Beastp. 1
Defining The Debate: Harry Ashmorep. 9
Massive Resistance: Jim Johnsonp. 28
Paternalistic Gentleman: Archie House and the Establishmentp. 46
Blue-Collar Opposition: Amis Guthridgep. 66
A Time of Panic: Virgil Blossomp. 84
Interregnum: The Chosen Fewp. 101
The Crisis Breaks: Orval Faubusp. 106
The Minefield in the Middle: Brooks Haysp. 130
In Search of Compromise: Faubus, Hays, and Eisenhowerp. 147
Central High School, Act One: Daisy Batesp. 163
Into the Cauldron: The Little Rock Ninep. 183
A Crisis of Leadership: Robert R. Brown and the Civic Elitep. 195
Torments Behind Closed Doors: Minnijean Brownp. 214
The Battle In the Courts: Richard C. Butlerp. 242
Empty Schools: Wiley Brantonp. 267
The Women Organize: Vivion Brewerp. 291
Rebirth: Everett Tuckerp. 310
The New Elite Consensus: Gaston Williamsonp. 328
Conclusion: A Bang and a Whimperp. 349
Afterword: A Note on Miscegenationp. 359
Notesp. 363
Acknowledgmentsp. 460
Indexp. 463
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