Regarding Little Rock Central High School, 1957-58 ("Please, Don't Bring Back the '50s," by Jack Miles, Nov. 1 and Calendar Letters, Nov. 8 and 15).
I didn't write before because I figured someone would finally get it straight--after all, we're not talking about ancient history here.
My bona fides: I was there. An 18-year-old Private First Class, serial number NG 25 441 705, Company D, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Arkansas National Guard.
The high school in October, 1957, was under federal court order to integrate. The then governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, did indeed use National Guardsmen to bar blacks, ostensibly to prevent disorders by whites. (Yes, that was a very real threat in 1957.)