SUMMARY FOR "SHOWDOWN IN SELMA"
On March 7th, 1965, some civil rights leaders organized a 50-mile march along highway 80 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. It was supposed to be a peaceful march, but soldiers of the Governor, George Wallace, showed up when the crowd of 600 tried to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge. They beat the marchers and used tear gas to stop the crowd. People all over the country were outraged because of the event. When they finally marched again, the President ordered army troops to defend the state's response.