Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 30
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INTERVIEWER:

OK, now we were getting ready to talk about, a little bit about the violence and the kinds of things that people did to discourage the union.

CLAY EAST:

No, we was fixing to talk about the union fighting back.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, tell me about it, then.

CLAY EAST:

OK. Once in a while, I'd have some guys, always a black guy, had come to me and tell me, I brought my gun, I  [ gap: ;reason: unintelligible ]  down in the field, I hear they're going to shoot up our place, and so forth. And I told them, "Don't bring no guns to these meetings." I said, "If we start that stuff we don't stand a chance in the world, they'd send the militia in here, anybody, and just don't think about fighting back." So, actually, I was strictly against it.
** I figured, if they ever started, I was going to do some shooting myself, but I didn't tell them.