Interview with Herbert Brownell, Jr.
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, IN THIS TV ADDRESS A FEW WEEKS BEFORE, GOVERNOR FAUBUS HAD CLAIMED THAT HE HAD TO PREVENT THE OPENING OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, BECAUSE THERE WAS GOING TO BE VIOLENCE, UM, COULD YOU TALK ABOUT THE FBI EVIDENCE ON THAT POINT?

Herbert Brownell, Jr.:

Um, The FBI was on the spot at Little Rock when uh, the crisis occurred there and the black children were not allowed to enter the high school. They gave us hourly reports on what was happening. We felt that it was necessary for local officials to uh, appeal to Washington for assistance before the federal government could send in troops. The uh mayor of Little Rock did appeal to Washington on the ground that the uh, rioting and the threatened rioting there meant that local law enforcement authorities could not handle the situation. That gave the legal authority which under the Supreme Court cases we thought was necessary to have. And that's when the President acted swiftly and surely uh, by sending the troops up the main street of Little Rock and arriving on the scene before anyone realized it, so that the crisis was solved peaceably without any deaths or any casualties.