Interview with Harris Wofford
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

MOVING AHEAD TO THE PERIOD OF '61 WITH THE FREEDOM RIDERS, THERE HAVE BEEN CHARGES LEVELLED AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT THE FREEDOM RIDERS WERE MORE OR LESS LEFT ON THEIR OWN AT CRUCIAL POINTS, PARTICULARLY IN THE BEGINNING, AND GOT AMBUSHED AND BEATEN. AND IN RELATIONSHIP TO THIS CHARGE THERE WAS A SPEECH THAT BROOK (?) MARSHALL MADE SAYING THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE OUT OF THE FEDERAL SYSTEM FOR THE FAILURE OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITY. THAT THERE'S SIMPLY A VACUUM AND THAT THERE WERE SPECIFIC LIMITS BEYOND WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COULDN'T GO. I KNOW YOU WERE ONLY HERE FOR…DURING THE EARLY PART OF THE RIDES, BUT—

Harris Wofford:

Oh no. I was here til… for a… for a year and a half later.