Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S GET OUT OF THE COURTROOM AND, AND, AND THE THE POLITICS AND COME BACK TO THE CAMPUS HERE. AND SEPTEMBER COMES ALONG AND IT'S BECOME, GOES ON AND BECOMES CLEAR THAT JAMES MEREDITH IS GOING TO BE ENROLLED. UM, COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT THE MOOD WAS ON THE CAMPUS, WAS IT TENSE, WERE THERE INCIDENTS WHERE THE STUDENTS WERE TENSE?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Uh, yes, it was quite tense on the campus uh, as we began that fall session because we knew that sooner or later as the time for registration approached that uh, uh, this thing, this, this situation was going to reach a, a climax. Uh, there was uh, some drop in enrollment, it later proved, because parents were apprehensive about sending children to the campus and uh, I guess I was fatalist enough from my air force experience to just believe that uh this thi—this uh, integration of the University would not have taken place without some bloodshed.