In this detailed and quite sympathetic account of Berkeley’s desegregation efforts (it sprawls across twelve pages), New York Times Magazine writer Gertrude Samuels took stock of these efforts and offered portraits of those who were putting desegregation into practice ‘on the ground,’ as well of several individuals (including a Berkeley Daily Gazette editor) who remained busing skeptics.

Remarkably, Samuels took on what she saw as the five lines of criticism that had been lodged against the efforts — and largely rebutted them.