Created in 1997, this is a commemoration of the 1957 battle to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Site contains a timeline, photos, news reports of the moment the 9 students were escorted in by paratroopers and stories from the school newspaper, 'The Tiger'.
Searchable database of the local Arkansas newspapers that covered the Little Rock Crisis. Use the timeline on the 40th anniversary site as a search aid.
Run by civics students from the school itself, this site gathers the memories and images of former Central High School pupils who explain the meaning of the events of 1957, and wider issues of desegregation, to their own lives.
28 photographs from Life Magazine capturing the events of the crisis.
Film footage of Eisenhower's address to the nation following his decision to send paratroopers to aid nine black schoolchildren in their efforts to attend Little Rock High in Arkansas. Worth watching to understand how Eisenhower justified his actions.
This index page from the Eisenhower Library has links to presidential correspondence and documents on the key civil rights issues of Eisenhower's tenure: the Brown ruling, Emmett Till, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 & Little Rock. A great site for case studies of the Federal response to civil rights from a president with ambivalent attitudes to equality.
In September 1957 Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus became the national symbol of racial segregation when he used Arkansas National Guardsmen to block the enrollment of nine black students who had been ordered by a federal judge to desegregate Little Rock's Central High School. His action created a national crisis with President Dwight D. Eisenhower finally ordering federal troops to Little Rock to ensure the judge's order was obeyed, to protect the black students, and maintain order for the remainder of the school year. In this speech given the following year, Faubus defends his actions and calls for continued resistance to racial integration and what he calls an all-powerful, intrusive federal government.