Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 36
INTERVIEWER:

WELL, WHY DID UH JOHNSON SEND COLLINS…

Nicholas Katzenbach:

Well, he liked Collins and he wanted a Southerner. Uh, Johnson was a great believer that what you had to do was have Southerners lead Southerners and Collins fitted that and there was a, there was a fair amount to be said for that proposition. But uh, that uh, you know if you're gonna break the back of that caste society in the South it was gonna be done by Southerners, it wasn't going to be done by Northerners, you didn't want another Civil War, another reconstruction period, army of occupation and all of that, you wanted Southerners to abide by the Constitution of the United States.