Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

EARL [?] ORVAL FAUBUS.

Ernest Green:

Well Orville Faubus, I always said that we made Faubus famous. If it hadn't been for us, he'd just been another obscure Southern governor. Uh, I have, I guess I—the difficulty I have with Faubus that the time that he was elected, most black people thought he was the best of choices of, of the uh, of the candidates, the Democratic candidates running. And he had always had a fair amount of black support. So that when he became the ardent uh, segregationist, it was a surprise and a shock. And uh, I gather what Faubus knew he was doing was assuring his re-election by seizing this issue and lining up behind the, the uh, the, uh segregationist forces. Uh, that assured him of some six terms. And uh, now, everything I see, Faubus has recanted, all of his previous involvement with, uh, the segregationist thrust and said he was doing it only to protect us, but it was obvious he knew that uh, he had hit a chord that would get him reelected continually.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

RUN OUT. UM, THIRTY SECONDS. CAMERA ROLL SIX. SPEED.

Ernest Green:

OK.