Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 33
INTERVIEWER:

OK, well then, let's just, let's, because the film is rolling, let's talk about something else then, and maybe that name will come back to you. Can you tell me about, do you remember when Ward Rogers made his speech? You told me about that yesterday. Can you tell me that again?

CLAY EAST:

I wasn't there.

INTERVIEWER:

But tell me what you thought about it.

CLAY EAST:

OK. We had that meeting, I'm almost certain it was Truman, not Marked Tree, but he got up and said that he could take a group of these sharecroppers, and go out and hang one of these planters, which knew he couldn't do [sic], and that's when they put him in jail for saying that. He had no business saying it. He was a new man, and arrogant, and didn't know anything about the country, and the people, and nothing else, so he was plumb out of place when he was, made a remark like that. But they arrested him and he had to get a lawyer to get him out of jail.