Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Kenneth Hooley of Falls Church Virginia, wrote Abbitt to share a pamphlet by Aldrich Blake, entitled "Are 'Civil Rights’ Worth it?“ Based in Laguna Beach, California, Blake was the author of My Kind! My Country! (1950), a dystopian novel set …

A letter from the Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the Defenders of the State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties regarding Virginia and United States History books. Williams suggested a rewriting of the history of…

In a speech marked as to delivered in Farmville, Virginia, Abbitt denounced civil rights legislation advanced in Congress and supported by the Kennedy administration. Abbitt made the case that this legislation "perverted" the constitution and…

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…

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…

Jennette L. Daniel, president of the Cumberland Branch of the NAACP, wrote Abbitt urging him to support civil rights legislation pending in Congress.. The letter specifically addressed the lynching of Mack Parker in Mississippi on April 24, 1959. In…

L. E. Pettyjohn of Suffolk, Virginia, wrote Abbitt to say he and others in Suffolk were "100%" behind Abbitt's opposition to civil rights legislation under debate in Congress. He also requested that Abbitt send him a report on the scrape slaughter…

Robert Delano, president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to Abbitt to express opposition to H.R. 5733, a bill to make permanent a food stamps pilot program. Delano denounced the program as a “public dole” that had a tendency to…

In a draft of speech, Abbitt denounced H.R. 2516 as a “bad law” and a “so-called civil rights bill.” Calling civil rights, “a fuzzy term now used to cover any privilege demanded by loud and militant minorities,” Abbitt pointed out what…

In a draft of a speech to the American Legion, likely given shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in July 1964, Abbitt described the Act as "the most evil, iniquitous, liberty destroying, power grasping legislation ever presented to the…
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