On this day. 1954: Arguably the 20th century's most important Supreme Court ruling: Brown v. Board of Education, which ended school segregation. But Brown v. Board of Education was not endorsed by President Eisenhower; he also did not condemn segregation as morally wrong. Eisenhower feared the ruling would spark racial unrest. But he enforced it with vigor, sending federal troops to Arkansas in 1957 to ensure the enrollment of the "Little Rock Nine."
Quote of the day
"Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow." -Dwight D. Eisenhower
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