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RFK: We’ll Use Troops in Alabama if Necessary

Sept. 3, 1963 - The Government made clear today that Federal troops or marshals would be used if necessary in the latest Alabama school integration crisis. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy met again today with his aides on the situation created by Governor George Wallace, who is seeking to block the court-ordered integration of several Alabama public schools. Later, a department spokesman said, “As Governor Wallace knows, the schools will be opened, and the Negro students will attend them in accord with the orders of the courts. We hope it will be accomplished swiftly by the people of Alabama and their officials.” He said it was obvious that Governor Wallace believed he could gain a political advantage if soldiers are sent to enforce the court orders.


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