Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 60
INTERVIEWER:

OK CUT.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

[Speed. Mark.]

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

IF YOU CAN TELL US THIS, AND ACTUALLY YOU SHOULD GIVE YOUR ANSWER TO PRUDENCE, AND I THINK IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS, ALSO. PRU, IT'S ALL YOURS.

William Simmons:

In the, in the years of, from 1964, I beg your pardon, 1954 through the middle 1960's…

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

I THINK WE'D BETTER HAVE YOU START THAT FROM THE BEGINNING.

William Simmons:

Alright. During the period of 1954, 1965 Mississippi was generally regarded as being in the forefront of resistance to forced integration. It was the home of the organized Citizens' Councils, it had generally led the way in resistance to integration, it had led the way in the adoption of resolutions of interposition by various state legislatures. It had generally put up the stoutest resistance and was in the forefront of the fight to preserve racial integrity.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

EXCELLENT.