Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 30
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WHY DON'T YOU BEGIN THE, THE ANSWER?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

As we think about what people were, white people were afraid of in terms of uh, the possibility of an integrated society part of it was simply the fear of the unknown. Uh, I think, perhaps even deeper, was the fear of the Ku Klux Klan and the, the threats becoming a reality. In Birmingham, we had had something like 40 bombings uh, in the previous ten years, and so it was not an idle threat. Uh, and so there was literally the fears for their lives and just the kind of convulsions that they expected in society if this were attempted. Uh, there just would be open warfare in the streets. And uh, even Governor Wallace I think, in the back of his mind thought that we're going to have complete mayhem if we attempt to have uh, an integrated society.