It Has Happened Here

It Has Happened Here

It Has Happened Here

It Has Happened Here

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This book concerns an effort to bring about a major change in the cultural pattern of an American city and the controversy it aroused. When emotions run strong there are likely to be misunderstandings and there is one point I would like to make clear at the beginning in regard to the use in this book of the term "segregationist." The large majority of the residents of Little Rock were opposed in principle to integration of Negro and white public schools and therefore they were segregationists. At the same time, this majority believed in obedience to the law of the land, and they should never be regarded as part of the movement of extreme segregationists whose defiance of the federal government brought on the Little Rock school crisis. In this book, for the most part, my use of the word "segregationists" refers to the active, organized extremist minority and should not be taken to mean the sincere and law- abiding citizens opposed to the principle of integration.

I would like to express my appreciation to members of the various Boards of Education who steadfastly followed the precepts of democratic procedure throughout the crisis, often when they were personally opposed in principle to the ultimate goal. The vote at Board meetings almost always was six to none or five to one, with Dr. Dale Alford dissenting in behalf of the segregationists.

The Central Administrative staff and the school staff generally . . .

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