Riots In Mississippi

Riots In Mississippi

Federal troops are brought in to quell a riot in Oxford, Mississippi, after a court order demands that the state allow James Meredith to become the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. More than 3,000 troops eventually subdue the crowd with tear gas and rifle shots, but not before two people are killed — one a 30-year-old journalist, the other a 23-year-old jukebox repairman. Press accounts describe the riot as “the most serious Federal-state conflict since the Civil War.”26

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