Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

WAS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT THE MEREDITH CASE THAT CAUGHT YOUR PARTICULAR ATTENTION?

Nicholas Katzenbach:

There was nothing about the Meredith case that was special other than the fact that he wanted to go to Old Miss and they didn't want to have him and they, Governor Barnett vacillated back and forth, and back and forth and at that time the Kennedys were very anxious if at all possible not to use troops. Eisenhower had used troops on the one occasion integrating the high school and they felt that that had had such political repercussions uh that if they could possibly accomplish their objectives in civil rights without uh, using troops it would be more effective.