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1957 School Crisis Primary Documents: Bates

In her memoir Daisy Bates remembers the first day the Little Rock Nine attended classes at Central High:“Newscasters, broadcasting from the school grounds, reported that the children were being beaten and were running down the halls of the school, bloodstained.” You can read more from Bates’s memoir, and find other primary sources about the 1957 desegregation of Central High, and other landmark events in the civil rights movement, in my new book, The Civil Rights Movement: A Documentary Reader, published this month by Wiley Blackwell. The book tells the story of the civil rights movement in the United States through more than 120 carefully selected and edited primary documents, each with its own introductory headnote for context and explanation.