Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas: New Perspectives

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    The Little rock school crisis attracted international headlines in September 1957 and made Arkansas’s capital city synonymous with images of racial hatred around the world. Gov. Orval Faubus’s use of the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the court-ordered integration of nine black students, who collectively became known as the Little rock Nine, with two thousand white students at Central High School eventually forced President Dwight D. Eisenhower to act by federalizing state troops and sending in federal soldiers to protect the black students. Quite rightly, the school crisis has attracted a good deal of scholarly and popular attention, but it…