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In writing this paper I have examined the initial reaction of Virginia's leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Brown v. Board of Education suit. My study begins with announcement of the decision on May 17, 1952. As the weeks passed on the Commonwealth of Virginia gradually changed her course, experimented with expedients, and set her mind on the course of resistance. the General Assembly proved this fact by adopting the Resolution of Interposition on February 1, 1956. A natural termination date for the paper is reached at this point.

Throughout the paper there has been no effort to examine the major events of the integration struggle in Virginia. The only reference to these events is made to illustrate the courses of action taken by the leaders of Virginia.

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