Teaneck lies in a green and pleasant residential land of Tudoresque brick and New York commuters. Before 1954 it was overwhelmingly white; its inhabitants scarcely anticipated that their prosperous community would be the first in the nation to vote for integrated schools. When James Payne bought a building lot there in 1953, he engendered a fiercely divisive issue, which called forth Birch Society cries of ""Communist conspiracy,"" exposed considerable anti-Semitism, and eventually provoked a counter-attack led by local churches and citizens who equated ""Americanism"" with fairness. Damerell's reportage covers small details and single acts of personal integrity. A profile of municipal action which is sanguine and encouraging.