Little Rock: Executive Order 10730


When President Eisenhower authorized troops under federal authority to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, he became the first president since Reconstruction to use federal forces to help enforce equal rights for African Americans. Using the example of Executive Order 10730, students will explore how executive orders can be used to enforce the law and examine how Eisenhower justified his actions.



Students will be able to...

  • Use evidence from informational texts to support analysis and answer questions
  • Identify a variety of sources and their purpose
  • Draw on several sources and consider questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration
  • Describe why Eisenhower used Executive Order 10730 to desegregate Central High School
  • Describe the interplay between the federal and state government