Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

Now, when Mitch went to Washington, did the croppers think that something was going to happen? Did they think something was going to change for them, that they were going to get their money?

CLAY EAST:

I don't think but very few of them knew anything about it, because he didn't say anything. He just got this group together and put them in his car. He didn't mention it to me that he was going, or anything, so I don't know what the result, and I know that...Secretary of...

INTERVIEWER:

Agriculture?

CLAY EAST:

Wallace, he was Secretary of the United States...something.

INTERVIEWER:

Secretary of Agriculture?

CLAY EAST:

Yeah.

INTERVIEWER:

Could you tell me that, "Secretary of Agriculture Wallace," and then tell me the story?

CLAY EAST:

Well, yeah, he saw him, and he was disappointed in—

INTERVIEWER:

Mr. East, again, I'm sorry to have to interrupt you, but, I need for you to tell me that Mitch saw Secretary of Agriculture Wallace, and then tell me the story. I have to have you tell me that, again, because my sound's not going to be on here, you're the only one that has a mic.

CLAY EAST:

Well, he saw Secretary of Labor—

INTERVIEWER:

Of Agriculture.

CLAY EAST:

Of Agriculture, yeah.

INTERVIEWER:

Just, I need for you to just say it all over again.

CLAY EAST:

He was disappointed in him because, instead of signing up with us boys, he sided in with the planters. Outcome of that, I never did know. It wasn't anything good, I can tell you that. Certainly never done anything about it, and I don't know how they ever got to, their checks settled.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, now—

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INTERVIEWER:

We have to change again and get some more film.

CLAY EAST:

OK.

INTERVIEWER:

This is going good, though. It's going good.

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INTERVIEWER:

OK, can you tell me that...

CLAY EAST:

Mitch and his group went to Washington, and they saw Henry Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture, while they was in Washington. Mitch was very much disappointed, because Wallace had sided in with the planter-type boys, and we figured that he
** was liberal and would side in, Mitch and them did, I did too, figured he was liberal and he would side with us, and maybe give us some help.
** That was one reason he went to see him. But he didn't, he was against us.
**