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Governor Almond Proposes New Program of Resistance to Racial Ingegration
(WSLS Television, Roanoke, VA)

Governor Almond defended his support for the Perrow Commission as the best possible course for the future of Virginia in front of a joint General Assembly in Richmond. He admitted the futility of the state legislature to enact any law when faced with "overwhelming federal force," and he specifically singled out the inability to overturn decisions by the federal judiciary system. Despite the glaring difference between his virulent speeches in support of massive resistance, Almond maintained that "in design, purpose, and content, it bears no resemblance to surrender." This footage was probably from his April 6th speech shown on April 7th.
About the film
  • Date: April 7, 1959
  • Sound: Yes
  • Duration: 00:42
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