WHY WOULDN'T YOU ENTER EARLIER IS THE QUESTION?
There was nothing to do earlier, really from the point of view from the Department of Justice. Meredith's rights were being protected by the court and by his own representation, by the Legal Defense Fund. We couldn't contribute anything to that. What we could contribute something to was insuring the court that its orders would be complied with, insuring the governor and the people of Mississippi that the order would be complied with, insuring Meredith and the Legal Defense Fund that the order would be complied with and when I say "complied with" in that context, I meant the- by the use of whatever force would be necessary to make sure that it worked. Uh, there was a history, you know of orders not working in the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia on a previous occasion and we were determined that Meredith would enter the University of Mississippi in accordance with the order of the court at the time that the court ordered him to enter, which was in the fall for the fall term of 1962.