Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

OK, UM, SPEAKING ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, UH, AND A LOT OF THE BRUTALITIES AND THINGS THAT WERE GOING ON, HOW DID YOU FEEL, HOW DID THEY WORK INTO YOUR PLAN TO EFFECT CHANGE IN THE CITY, HOW WERE YOU TRYING TO ENGAGE THE FEDERAL… WHAT ROLE DID THEY PLAY FOR YOU? THIS IS BEFORE THE CONVENTION, SAY.

Dave Dennis:

We felt the John Doars and the Robert Kennedies and others gave us a feeling of that if we pressed hard enough that that's all they needed. Was that there was a, that we showed the necessity for change and they would make those changes. And we felt the government was gonna do that. And that's the role we were hoping the government was gonna play, and we believed that. I mean if something went wrong we would call the FBI, we thought they were there to protect us. We thought J. Edgar Hoover was on our side uh, and we found out when things sort of collapsed around us, when what happened to uh, Schwerner and Chaney and Goodman and what happened to us at the Democratic Convention and what happened to us in terms of the laws that were being made, what was the changes they were supposed to be making, during that particular period of time is then we knew, I mean all of a sudden the realization sort of dawned on us, it was just like a slap in the face. I mean just everybody just was knocked out. I mean this is, I mean you couldn't believe it for a while. Uh, and the, what the government did was, was to really was, just said OK, you've done what we asked you to do, so what, and you know and just took it and slammed it back into our faces. The doors are shut, we don't want you here. And that, what they were the country I don't know if they realized it at the time, is, they were speaking to the future leaders of this country and uh, you know the people who were there to make changes, these were really people who wanted changes to make the country strong and believe it, and they were gonna, and the democracy that we had talked about, that's what they were talking about. Everybody was teaching people how to become part of the system and the country rejected that, and that tore everybody apart. I know it ripped me apart. And I know it ripped a lot of other people apart, there have been, there's a lot of people who have not even been able to even participate again, enough people hanging

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

OK, THAT WAS A ROLLOUT ON CAMERA ROLL 352. AND I THINK THAT'S THE END OF THE INTERVIEW, DID I HEAR THAT? OK THIS IS JUST SOUND, NO CAMERA, AS OF NOW.

Dave Dennis:

…floating in the Mississippi River and there was another person found hanging. Now the thing