Resource: Federalism and Civil Rights: The Meredith Case

By: Mitchell F Crusto

UCLA National Black Law Journal

In 1962, the University of Mississippi admitted James Meredith as its first Black undergraduate. This event in American history required the commitment of the United States government to protect the civil rights of an American citizen. Moreover, this federal commitment, official state opposition, and unofficial popular protest combined to render the desegregation of the university, an event of enormous expense, both in human lives and money.