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Dwight D. Eisenhower Talks to the Nation about Desegregation in Arkansas

After the Supreme Court passed the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling in May of 1954, the NAACP registered nine students to attend Little Rock Central High in Little Rock, AR, in 1957. Many protested this move to desegregate the school leading the mayor of Little Rock, Woodrow Mann, to ask President Eisenhower to send federal troops to calm the riots and protect the students. On September 24, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the nation and explained his decision to send the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to Arkansas.

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