Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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W. E. Skelton, Dean of the Extension Division and Director of Cooperative Extension at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, wrote to Abbitt, calling his attention the valuable work of "outstanding Negro extension agents" within his division. Skelton…

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A resolution by the Farmville District Parent Teachers Association which commended Governor Thomas B. Stanley and Virginia legislature on their leadership and supporting measures adopted by the General Assembly in its special session of 1956. …

In a March 1959 letter marked "personal and confidential," Senator Harry F. Byrd briefed Abbitt on his efforts to have the Internal Revenue Service rescind the tax-exempt status of the NAACP and grant tax exempt status to to new segregation academies…

A model General Assembly bill drafted by the Defenders of Segregation for a new state law stipulating that "white and colored children shall not be taught together in the public schools of Virginia” and that “no state funds shall be expended in…

Six months after the Brown v. Board decision, constituent Howard Vinson of Franklin, Virginia, wrote Abbitt that “my kids and several others will not attend school. “If a law can be made to cast aside the white man rights it all so can cost…

A.E. Hyatt of Petersburg, Virginia wrote to Abbitt about a $5 million plan for revisions to the U.S. Capitol Building. Hyatt objected to the materials, cost, and potential "radical" style of "modern architects.". Hyatt prefered to let the "sandstone…

In a letter to Abbitt, E. C. Coleman of Petersburg, VA. inquired about any HUAC investigations of the NAACP, noting that he had understood NAACP Board member Channing Tobias to be connected to the Communist Party. Abbitt contacted the committee on…

This two-page letter to W. M. Abbitt complaining that the Supreme Court had violated the rights of white students by denying them the choice to attend segregated schools. The author proposed a solution in the form of a bill which permits both…

Grace Ruffin, a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, wrote to him asking to present information on her scientific discoveries to the United States Congress. Abbitt replied that he had discussed these ideas with various departments and suggested that…

The first letter in this series of letters is a request from a high school student, Jeanette Jones, for information on Communism. She met him when her class visited Washington during the previous year, and said the meeting was the highlight of her…
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