Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 47
INTERVIEWER:

OK, SO SPECIFICALLY, WHAT WERE SOME OF THE BILLS THAT GOT …

Erle Johnston:

During the first session of the legislature, after Barnett became governor, he submitted several bills which of course were, partly or wholly prepared by Citizens' Council people that were designed maybe to preserve segregation, and I think that as I recall one of the bills was going to tighten the voter qualification law. One of them was going to tighten the laws about against intermarriage of the races, making it a felony. And I think another one had something to do with gathering, or something like that. They were all, you might say doing what later on Governor Paul Johnson said he would not fight a rearguard action for yesterday. And I think those bills were considered at that time, for the, after that time, a rear guard action. But the, the attitude of the legislature was with only two or three exceptions was, anything that smacks of a way to help segregation, pass it.