The Little Rock School Integration Crisis: President Dwight Eisenhower Issues Executive Order 10730, September 24, 1957
Eisenhower, Pres. D.D. (Returns to Washington aboard Columbine)
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President Dwight Eisenhower issued this executive order to enforce his Presidential Proclamation 3204, from the previous day. Intended to restore peace and order during the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School, Eisenhower’s order placed the Arkansas National Guard under Federal control and sent 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to assist them. In the speech, he explains his decision to deploy the 101st Airborne to Little Rock. A transcript of the speech can be found here.
September 2017 marks 60 years since the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, a key event of the American Civil Rights Movement. The Eisenhower Presidential Library has several items relating to the Little Rock school integration crisis and President Eisenhower’s response. Those documents are available here.
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