Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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This pamphlet satirized supporters of integration for believing that the personal views of Supreme Court justices overruled the Constitution. It also called out elite Northerners for hypocrisy on questions of racial equality: “Would you please pass…

Abbitt replied to a letter from R.L. Eismon of Lynchburg, Virginia that included a clipping of a newspaper editorial clipping. The editorial supported the American Medical Association's objections to stipulations by the U.S. Department of Health,…

Flyer sent to voters of Buckingham Country by Abbitt's office on February 5, 1948, as he campaigned for the congressional seat left open by the death of Representative Patrick H. Drewry.

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This piece of anti-communist propaganda contains a letter about the Southland Churches and the revolution against communism and blacks. Contents included are the letter itself, an attached editorial in support of the letter, and Abbitt's response to…

Jack Rathborne of Arlington, Virginia, wrote to Byrd to call his attention to a “venomous” speech by NAACP member Agnes Meyer before the 1957 banquet of the Arlington Education Association. Rathborne asked that Byrd public refute what he…

Mrs. R.L. Eismon of Abbitt wrote to Abbitt, expressing her displeasure with Lyndon Johnson and the selection of Thurgood Marshall for the Supreme Court. Labelling Marshall a "communist," Eismon argued that “people and the taxpayers should have a…

Personal notebook of Watkins M. Abbitt with reminders about meetings and to-do lists, including a note about a meeting with Dr. Joe Eggleston at Hamden-Sydney.

In the wake of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, John Mitchell of Hopewell, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt about his conviction that the American people should rise up in response to fight Communism. Mitchell wrote that the United States was…

This letter from Miles D. Kennedy, Director of the American Legion, includes a copy of an article titled "The Men Commies Hate Most," about various members in the United States Government that oppose communism. Kennedy believed that Abbitt also…

David Gardner, a twenty-year old man who was incarcerated at the Petersburg Virginia Federal Reformatory, wrote to Abbitt in hopes that the rest of his sentence could be completed in Vietnam as a member of the Marine Corps. Abbitt replied that…
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