Troops Sent To Little Rock

On September 24, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure the integration of Central High School. This event was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement and highlighted the ongoing struggle for racial equality in the United States.

The decision to send federal troops to Little Rock was made in response to the refusal of Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus to comply with a federal court order mandating the integration of Central High School. Faubus had ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine African American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, from entering the school.

The presence of the National Guard only inflamed tensions in the city, and the situation grew more volatile with each passing day. The Little Rock Nine were subjected to verbal and physical abuse from white students, and the National Guard did little to protect them.

After several days of unrest, President Eisenhower decided to take action. He federalized the National Guard and sent 1,000 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock to ensure the safety of the Little Rock Nine and enforce the court order.

The arrival of federal troops was met with both relief and anger. Some white residents of Little Rock viewed the troops as an unwelcome intrusion and a threat to their way of life. Others, including the Little Rock Nine and their families, saw the troops as a necessary safeguard against violence and intimidation.

The presence of federal troops allowed the Little Rock Nine to attend classes at Central High School, but it did not end the struggle for integration in Arkansas or the United States as a whole. The civil rights movement continued to gain momentum in the years that followed, and the fight for racial equality remains ongoing.

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