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Meet Amazing Americans U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower
Photograph of U.S. Army troops at Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas.
U.S. Army troops from the 101st Airborne Division disperse a crowd in front of Little Rock's Central High School.

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Eisenhower and the Little Rock Crisis
Eisenhower knew he had to act boldly. He placed the Arkansas National Guard under federal control and sent 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to assist them in restoring order in Little Rock. The daring tactic worked and the African American students were enrolled without further violent disturbances. The law had been upheld, but Eisenhower was criticized both by those who felt he had not done enough to ensure civil rights for African Americans and those who believed he had gone too far in asserting federal power over the states.
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