Interview with Hodding Carter III
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

CAN WE GET A SENTENCE ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MISSISSIPPI AND THE REST OF THE SOUTH. IT'S NOT AN OUTPOST IT'S…

Hodding Carter III:

Ah, well, you know, massive resistance, which was adopted by most of the southern states following the 1954 desegregation decision. Massive resistance was pioneered here in my home state now of Virginia by the Byrd forces and those who followed them. The Virginia legislature led the way toward what became the legal code of what was called interposition. The resurrection from the moth balls of Civil War defeat, of the old idea of nullification by states of federal tyranny, that's all in quotation marks. And the author of that little reversion in history—yeah? Let me just say that over again anyway. OK, I got carried away.