Eisenhower’s finest moment

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Dwight+D+Eisenhower+eisenhower56 years ago today, the Little Rock Nine entered Central High School for their first full day of school accompanied by the 101st Airborne, sent by President Eisenhower to protect them and keep them safe. The governor of Arkansas, Governor Faubus, stood up to federal law and refused to comply with the Brown v Board of Education decision to integrate all schools “with all deliberate speed.” Eisenhower understood that it was his job, as president of the United States, to enforce federal law, even if he didn’t agree personally with integration, and even if that meant sending the military to do so. This day was his finest moment.

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