Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

OK UM, NOW, WHAT WAS THE POSITION OF THE CITIZENS' COUNCIL ON STATES' VERSUS FEDERAL RIGHTS AS THEY RELATED TO THE QUESTION OF RACIAL INTEGRITY?

William Simmons:

The position of the Citizen's Councils on State's Rights vs the Federal Government in the field of racial integrity as well as in all fields was very much in favor of states' rights. Uh, historically uh we are inheritors of a states' rights tradition and that is very strong in our part of the country. It was reflected in the presidential election of 1948. It has been reflected in subsequent presidential election and the selection of free electors. There's been that spirit of independence and a real concern with the overweening power of the federal government.