Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WERE THE FEARS OF PEOPLE IN THE STATE BARNETT WAS JUST ONE REPRESENTATIVE OF, IN REACTION TO THE… ADMISSION OF MEREDITH TO OLD MISS. WHAT WERE PEOPLE AFRAID OF WITH OLD MISS? AND GOTTA MENTION OLD MISS.

Erle Johnston:

The big argument about integration in those days was that it might lead to intermarriage or it might lead to those things that would not be desirable and of course a lot of private schools sprung up where some of the students went in preference to going to public school because of the fear that they would be integrated. So, that was always the motivation, not so much what has happened up to now, but what's going to happen in the future because of this? Is this going to be the opening of the door?