Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

IS THAT SEEMED TO BE A STATEMENT THAT WAS MADE TO DEFY FEDERAL LAW. AND I WANT TO KNOW IF THAT WAS WHAT YOU INTENDED BY SAYING THAT.

Gov. George C. Wallace:

Well, at that time really I shouldn't have made any such statement as that, frankly, because I knew myself that it was not going to last forever, and it shouldn't last forever, but I knew what happened at Ole Miss, I knew what happened in Clifton, Tennessee, uh, when they integrated schools there and also Arkansas, and I was determined nothing like that would happen in Alabama. So at the University of Alabama we had nothing but peace and quiet. Uh, we stopped all these uh, minutemen and uh, states righters, so called, and the, the thunderbolt folks and the Ku Klux Klan, none of them could get there, they were arrested a bunch of those kind of folks from California between Busman and Birmingham and put them in jail. And I got on television and I said twice on statewide television, anybody who harms a hair on another man's head is not on the side of my fight for constitutional government. You stay away from the University Alabama. Nobody going to be there but those who's supposed to be there. There was never one bit of uh, of uh, of ugliness shown to those students, we were going to integrate it next year anyway. But I was there but I kept peace. And I did not see the University torn up like it was in some other parts of the country, did not anticipate all these haters coming from all over the nation to, to stir up trouble. I'm so very proud of that.