Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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In prepared remarks for the House floor Abbitt declared his opposition of the desegreagtion of the University of Mississippi in October of 1962, Abbitt is opposed to the portrayal of the media towards white protestors. In late September, 1962 African…

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…

Letter to Abbitt regarding fair housing and the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which Abbitt referred to as "the so-called Civil Rights Bill." Abbitt promised to his constituent that he would vocally oppose the legislation.

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…

A letter from Abbitt to Emanuel Celler, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, protesting what he deemed a delay in committee hearings on his proposed bill, H.R. 3006, which aimed to guarantee a trial by jury in contempt cases.. Abbitt had…

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'…

A pamphlet encouraging white citizens of the state to begin funding segregated, white private schools for students. This pamphlet was released around the time counties such as Prince Edward closed public schools to resist integration. Taking the…

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."

Letter from Isham T. Wilkinson, a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, to Senator Harry Flood Byrd regarding Governor Lindsay Almond's school closing plan and Wilkinson's disapproval of Abbitt's approach to massive resistance. In the letter, Wilkinson…
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