Eisenhower Explains Why National Guard is in Little Rock, Arkansas

Air Date: 10/03/1957
Source:
NBC News
Creator:
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Air/Publish Date:
10/03/1957
Event Date:
10/03/1957
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1957
Clip Length:
00:01:27

President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks about the segregation problems that have arisen in Little Rock, Arkansas, and explains why National Guard troops have been sent there.

Eisenhower Explains Why National Guard is in Little Rock, Arkansas

President DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER: In sweltering numbers, we reemphasize to ourselves why the troops are there. The problem grew out of the segregation problem, but the troops are not there as a part of the segregation problem. They are there to uphold the courts of the land, under a law that passed in 1792 because it was barely discovered, that unless we supported the courts, in who’s hands are all our freedoms and our liberties, our protections against autocratic government, then the kind of government set up by our forefathers simply would not work.

That is why they are there, and for no other purpose. And it is nearly incidental that the problem grew out of the segregation problem. Now people had visited me, the government understands this responsibility on the executives, on the President… They are aware of it themselves; they themselves oppose the differences of the Supreme Court. They don’t like it, they are doing their duty, they are good servants and responsible officials. They were helpful, cooperative, and I’m going to say excited my admiration as servants who wanted to do their duty even when disagreeable.

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