Interview with Courtland Cox
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT DID FOLKS DO WITH THESE LESSONS?

Courtland Cox:

I think, I think peo-different people did different things. I think ah, ah number of people became totally cynical. I think a number of people felt that you had to look at different avenues and broader avenues to political power. I think a number of people probably, you know, just said ah, you know, they probably either moved to the right or to the left. But I think most people were not unaffected by it. I think that, the, the, that, that, the, the, the sense of looking at the Democratic Party ah and seeing how it operated and seeing how, when it came down the, the, you know, all the people you thought were on your side began to, to crumble. I mean, ah, you know, the, the liberals began to crumble, the labor movement began to crumble, a number of the civil rights leadership began to crumble and the only people who did not crumble in the final analysis were the people from Mississippi, and as, you know, and they're the people who stood firm. I mean, ah, Miss Hamer stood firm. And, and a number of—I forgot her name, from Canton, I mean the people stood firm because they knew they had to bear the brunt of that action. And the people who came down and who were, were um, you know, who came to do good, and whose, um, whose whole life depended upon the benevolence of either the Democratic Party, the labor movement, the liberal movement, they caved in under the pressure, because that's where their read and butter lay.