Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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This draft of a House resolution by Abbitt, directed the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct research into the quality and health factors of tobacco and other ingredients and materials used in the manufacture of cigarettes. This copy includes a…

Newton of Williamston, North Carolina, wrote to Abbitt to discuss problems surrounding the surplus of tobacco and the separation of Type 21 Virginian dark-fired tobacco from Type 22, 23, and 24 Kentucky and Tennessee tobacco. Abbitt thanked Newton…

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Newspaper editorial from Farmville Herald congratulating Abbitt on preventing the passing of a bill seen as unfavorable to growers of dark-fired tobacco

A series of pamphlets charging U.S. cigarette companies with using "Communist Tobacco," created by the Committee to Warn of the Arrival of Communist Merchandise on the Local Business Scene. This piece of propaganda also includes letters from R. J.…

These three photographs illustrate the process by which tobacco was cured in the U.S. South.

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This pamphlet, released by the Tobacco Growers Information Committee, includes differing opinions on the cause of lung cancer. The committee stated that the aim of the pamphlet was to inform readers on the importance of tobacco in the national…

A resolution adopted by the Tobacco Industry Committee for the maintenance of the program for stabilizing prices of tobacco and recommending increases in price support proportional to rising costs to farmers for commodities purchased. Included in the…

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Clarence Little, Scientific Director of the Tobacco Industry Research Committee, replied in the negative to a query by Abbitt about whether there were any new findings in support of significant connections between smoking and lung cancer. Abbitt…

An unnamed writer sent Abbitt a newspaper clipping about a program designed to educate high school and college students about health risks of smoking. The writer declared: “This will hurt your great tobacco industry that has advertisements showing…

John C. Williams, President of the Flue Cured Tobacco Growers Association in Wendell, NC, wrote to Abbitt asking him to consider the sale of surplus flue-cured tobacco to Soviet Union in same arrangements as surplus wheat. Abbitt responded that he…
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