Interview with Harold Engstrom
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

FIFTY FEET LEFT ON CAMERA ROLL 116.

Harold Engstrom:

Ready? I guess one of the disappointments we had was that we felt like our story, of really what was going on in the center, the moderate position, was never brought forward. The Gazette did a pretty good job of it, but we – we tried when we were in Washington, appealing before – for a delay before the Supreme Court – to get President Eisenhower to talk to us. We felt like he didn't really understand what was going on here, even after his army was here. But he didn't have time, and it wasn't the proper thing to do. So we were disappointed, we didn't get it across. So I felt like that perhaps, what was really happening at the center, what was really happening in Little Rock was never told, because it was in the middle. It was not on either extreme. It was not the glamorous thing that was going on. It was a plodding, deliberate effort to stay in the middle of the road and do the right thing in a very rational way. Rational moves were not the real world.