Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

UM, OK HOW DID YOU EXPECT HIM TO UM, TO REACT THROUGH THIS, THIS CAMPAIGN. DID YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF FEELINGS ABOUT WHAT HE MIGHT DO OR HOW FAR HE'D BE WILLING TO GO FOR THE CAMPAIGN, FOR VOTING.

Nicholas Katzenbach:

Well, he kept saying that he was not going to permit violence, and uh, I believe that and uh, uh, Bobby believed that. Uh, but we weren't sure whether uh, he could really deliver on that promise and that was a concern to us. Uh, we had a concern that the time of Tuscaloosa with the integration of the University of Alabama that we only had five hundred national guard troops there that could be federalized, and he had about that many in the Alabama state troopers and the, uh, forestry, uh, people and we were just concerned that there could be a tension, they might be an insufficient number to control uh, violence if violence were to break out, and we were concerned that the rhetoric which he used would lead the violence despite the fact that we were convinced he didn't want it.