Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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In seven-page handwritten letter, Martha Richardson of Lynchburg, Virginia complained to Abbitt about street crime, "negro hoodlum[s], arsonists, murder, [and] rapists," Stokeley Carmichael, "the misuse of poverty funds all over the country," the…

A letter to Abbitt from a constituent in opposition to the Vietnam War with radical literature pamphlets enclosed from the Cinema Educational Guild, Inc., which included headings like "Our Brainwashed People Must Be Unbrainwashed" and "The LBJ Death…

A letter to Abbitt from Irving Pritchett and his wife, of Petersburg, Virginia, denouncing the "Warren Court" as a "disgrace to the country" and Stokeley Carmichael and Martin Luther King as traitors attempting to "destroy everything our country…

Fred W. Matthis of Pamplin, Virginia wrote to Abbitt following passage of the "anti-riot" bill that Abbitt had sponsored, praising the bill and sharply criticizing the Supreme Court, Martin Luther King, Stokeley Carmichael, and Lyndon Johnson. In his…

Emma Hendrix of Memphis, Tennessee, wrote to Abbitt about how the Supreme Court, the Eisenhower Administration, and the United Nations were ruining the country. She enclosed a pamphlet entitled "U.N. wanted for murder." There's no record of a reply…

A pamphlet by Wilkinson Publishing company, advertising the 15th printing of John Beatty's The Iron Curtain over America and sent to Abbitt by frequent correspondent Landon Lane. Beatty's book purported to describe a Jewish plot to drive the United…

Frank S. Littlejohn, a physician from Marhsall, Texas, wrote to thank Abbitt for his stand in support of segregation, which believe to be “aside from the Bricker Amendment” the most important issue facing the nation. Littlejohn commented: “The…

Arkansas Faith, a segregationist magazine, focused on resistance to desegregation in general and the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board decision. This issue of the magazine included articles on "race mixing" between African American soldiers and white…

B.L. McCullough of Seattle, Washington wrote to Abbitt to decry the Supreme COurt's ruling in Brown v. Board and Decried the Brown v. Board decision and other “Negroid decisions which no Southern State has the slightest intention of obeying." He…

In this letter sent by frequent correspondent Landon Lane, Lane reacted to decolonization in Africa and Congolese independence by connecting events abroad to domestic Civil Rights attitudes. Lane suggested that conservative whites "band together for…
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