American Experience

The Governor: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

Clip: Season 23 Episode 11 | 4m 43s

John Patterson, Governor of Alabama from 1958 to 1963, won election as a staunch segregationist. Patterson discusses his response to the Freedom Rides and his decision to refuse a phone call from President John F. Kennedy when the Freedom Riders encountered mob violence in Birmingham.

Aired: 11/14/10

Rating: NR

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