Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Record of a resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors in Prince Edward County at a regular meeting held on May 3, 1956. The resolution demanded that state taxes not be appropriated for integrated public schools.

A donation form for the Prince Edward County Educational Corporation. Prince Edward County's resistance to public school integration centered largely around the creation of a private school system, which required donations from numerous supporters.

A pamphlet reprinting an editorial from the Farmville Herald which endorsed the proposal of General Assembly's 32-member Gray Commission to institute state tuition grants to “prevent forced integration.” The editorial expressed the view that…

John G. Sims, Jr, of Forth Worth, Texas wrote Abbitt to thank him for sending him a copy of a speech by Harry F. Byrd. The letter includes a self-published pamphlet of his own. Deploying metaphors of war, Sims wrote that that the NAACP and "our…

This article by the Washington Daily News criticized the actions of segregationists in Virginia, sayinf that massive resistance tactics were never "anything more than a delaying device, relatively certain to be thrown out, once it reached the…

This mimeograph outlines the creation and operation details for private schools in Prince Edward County seeking to avoid integration following the 1954 Supreme Court ruling. The outline includes specifics for funding, curriculum, locations, and other…

This is a bill outlining the General Assembly of Virginia's decision to create a private school system in Prince Edward County in order to avoid integration in education. The proposal called for the appropriation of public funds for the creation of…

Walter Carter of Amherst, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt, asking him to ask Governor Thomas B. Stanley to limit the General Assembly's agenda to resisting school integration.. Abbitt replied in agreement with Carter's suggestion.

In a handwritten letter, J.C. McGehee of Keysville, Virgnia, implored Abbitt to continue resisting school integration and argued that it was Virginia's duty to "help" Arkansas and North Carolina in the prevention of school integration. McGehee…

This letter from Mrs. Virginia Reibsamen of Spring Grove, VA was written shortly after the Brown v. Board decision. It describes her disapproval, as a mother, of the Supreme Court decision to integrate. Abbitt responded by sympathizing and said that…
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