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This masters thesis deals with the desegregation crisis at Little Rock's Central High School as perceived through southern attitudes.

Biographical/Historical Note

As a result of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, Supreme Court ruling, desegregation efforts were being made across the nation. These efforts were often met with pro-segregation resistance. In the autumn of 1957, nine black students enrolled at Little Rock Central High School, an all-white, racially segregated school. The 1957 Little Rock Crisis came to form a powder keg of struggling factions, as seen between integrationists and segregationists, among class divisions within the white community, between state and federal authority, as well as between the President of the United States and the Governor of Arkansas. This collective struggle, witnessed on a national and international level, played out with immediate and long-term results. Little Rock Central High School has come to be a symbol of desegregation during the Civil Rights movement, has been named a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Betty Houchin Winfield wrote this paper to fulfill a degree requirement for a Master of Arts in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Winfield later went on to receive her PhD at the University Of Washington School of Communication with a specialty in political communication and mass media history.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Kansas; Michigan





Resource Type



Betty Houchin Winfield, "The 1957 Little Rock Crisis as Revealed through Southern Attitudes," SMC.020.015


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Winfield, Betty Houchin, "The 1957 Little Rock Crisis as Revealed through Southern Attitudes", Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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