Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

NOW… DID—DO YOU THINK THAT THE, UNIVERSITY SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE, SHOULD HAVE ASKED THE GOVERNOR FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD OR SOMETHING. WERE YOU CONSIDERING THOSE KINDS OF RADICAL OPTIONS?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

I was not privy to what the top administration was doing in order to accommodate the uh, the registration of James Meredith. I've told my classes uh, in one of my classes though the years that if it had been a military decision on the part of the army to come in and, and uh take the campus that uh, the commander responsible would have, would have arrived with the troops as soon as the sun was up on a morning and he would have had the campus nailed down before dusk. But the fact is that the troops came in from Tennessee right at dusk and incidentally the university's administration was not informed at all. Uh, they were like anybody else who happened to be on the campus that Sunday evening. They say the troops when they came rolling onto the campus. So, very clearly the University's administration was not involved in maintaining or controlling or doing anything else uh in terms of keeping the order on the campus. It was a political situation.