Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 38
INTERVIEWER:

DID THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE THEN IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?

Erle Johnston:

Then, things changed, they got, a lot of people fell out with Governor Johnson, a lot of them who had supported him, just fell out with him they thought that he had retreated somewhat, but Governor Johnson to me was trying to be practical, he was trying to keep things together and trying to stay in the mainstream without going overboard this way or that way, and I think he is due the credit for doing that because, like I say he, he went ahead and led the fight to get the constitution changed which of course at one time was so sacred if you dared mention changing the constitution why then you, you were pointed out like a heretic you know. And so he did keep a very smooth course going and I think that Mississippi is really indebted to him. But he did shock a lot of those people, including the Citizens' Council leadership, who had supported him for governor and anticipated that he would probably take the same stance as Barnett.