Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

WELL THINKING IN TERMS OF MID SEPTEMBER ‘62 AS THE PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA BEGAN TO GATHER, CAN YOU DES—DESCRIBE WHAT THE MOOD WAS LIKE?

Nicholas Katzenbach:

Well, the mood was really fairly ugly, but that was in my judgment because the, Governor Barnett uh, vacillated all over the place and it was very difficult uh, to get support against violence. The, if, if the Mississippi Highway Patrol had been willing to control violence it wouldn't have taken very many highway patrol officers to have prevented the riot which occurred when Meredith was admitted, uh, and uh, to have maintained order, because they would have respected southern law enforcement. They didn't like the marshals, they didn't like the army troops coming in. Uh, but most of all they didn't like uh, this being imposed upon them, uh, and uh, Barnett who was a very unpopular governor, became very popular as a result of resisting and uh the riot at uh, at Old Miss.