Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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A letter from H. Lester Hooker of the State Corporation Commission for the Commonwealth of Virginia to Abbitt regarding school closures. Abbitt sent a personal response which expressed his opinion that it was unjust for white students to not be in…

A letter from John Heidenreich to Abbitt expressing his concerns about the power of the federal government and changes within the Democratic party. Heidenreich believed that the Supreme Court should not have the power to make decisions regarding…

In prepared remarks for the House floor, Abbitt commended the citizens of Prince Edward County for their fight against school integration and entered an article from the Farmville Herald into the Congressional record.

A speech by Abbitt on the floor of the House of Representatives give in reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, 377 U.S. 218. In this case, the Court ruled that the decision of the School…

In this draft of a speech before Congress, Abbitt condemned remarks that Arthur S. Fleming, Eisenhower's Secretary of Heath, Education, and Welfare had made about resistance to integration in Prince Edward County. Abbitt referred to Fleming as a…

A draft of speech delivered on House floor on January 21, 1959 in which Abbitt declared that "we cannot and we must not permit integration in a single public school in Virginia.” Abbitt argued that the “guns of Federal judicial tyranny" were…

An extension of Remarks made by Abbitt during the 84th Congress. In remarks on the House floor, Abbitt condemned the Supreme Court decision in Brown V. Board of Education and announced "A Plan for Virginia," a blueprint for massive resistance to…

John Watts of Farmville, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt about the funding of Prince Edward County's private schools and how they did not receive any federal funding for tuition. In his reply, Abbitt explained that he disagreed adamantly with the courts'…

Barrye Wall, editor of the Farmville Herald wrote Abbitt about his concerns about the U.S. position in Vietnam, "ominous rumblings of revolution in the cities of our country," and what he saw as the continuous "persecutions that federal…

A pamphlet written by William Stephenson listing ways that white Virginians could resist integration. The pamphlet urged readers to take action and to "beware of fence-sitters and despise the lukewarm."
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