Interview with Herbert Brownell, Jr.
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

UM, AT THE TIME OF LITTLE ROCK FOR A WHILE IT SEEMED LIKE THIS VIOLENT RESISTANCE WAS GOING TO SPREAD AND THE FEDERAL SYSTEM WAS UNDER ATTACK COULD YOU FEEL THAT?

Herbert Brownell, Jr.:

Definitely, it was as close as you could get to irreconcilable uh, difference between the north and the south. Been nothing like it since the Civil War and we felt that this was the test case that had to be made in order to dramatize to everyone that when it came to a showdown the federal government was supreme in this area. The constitution required, uh, compliance with uh, desegregated school orders of the Brown case.