Interview with Orval Faubus
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

NO. DON'T… FORGET ABOUT ME. JUST KIND OF LOOK AT ME, BUT FORGET ABOUT ME, LIKE THIS. OK? GO AHEAD.

Orval Faubus:

Well, I don't think anyone can fully understand the complexities of the situation that existed in Arkansas and many places in the nation uh, at the time of the episode that we are discussing. But I can say that at the beginning of the Little Rock crisis in uh, Arkansas in 1957, I was on excellent terms with all citizens of the state. And my relations with black citizens were especially good for a number of reasons. For example, I had placed leading black citizens on the Democratic State Central Committee. The policy making body of the Democratic Party in Arkansas, for the first time in the modern history of the state. I had served as governor while all the institutions of higher learning were being integrated. And more public schools than in eleven other states combined with a comparable problem at that time.