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Title "Henry Hampton Collection: Interview of Nicholas Katzenbach"
Date Dec 10, 1985
Author Nicholas Katzenbach, Henry Hampton Collection
Author Institution Washington University in St. Louis
External Link http://digital.wustl.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=eop;cc=eop;rgn=main;view=text;idno=kat0015....
Abstract This interview was done for Henry Hampton's Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965). Nicholas Katzenbach was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, received his B.A. cum laude from Princeton University in 1945 and his LL.B. cum laude from Yale Law School in 1947. From 1947 to 1949, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. Following that, from 1950 to 1952 he worked as an advisor in the Office of General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force. Katzenbach worked on the faculty of Rutgers School of Law—Newark from 1950 to 1951; was an associate professor of law at Yale Law School from 1952 to 1956; and was a professor of law at the University of Chicago from 1956 to 1960.

Katzenbach served as Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1961-1962 and as Deputy Attorney General from 1962 to 1965. President Johnson appointed Katzenbach the 65th Attorney General of the United States on February 11, 1965.

On June 11, 1963, Katzenbach was involved in one of the most iconic incidents in the civil rights movement. Alabama Governor George Wallace, in an attempt to block the enrollment of two African-Americans at the University of Alabama, physically blocked their entrance to Foster Auditorium. He only stood down after being confronted by Katzenbach, who was flanked by the National Guard and federal marshals.
Source Henry Hampton Collection: Washington University in St. Louis


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