Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Delaney, Anfuso, and Keogh discuss a recent statement made by Governor Harriman in Washington. The men told Abbitt that Governor Harriman would oppose the use of federal troops while people of the South strongly opposed the Supreme Court's decision…

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 …

William R. Craig, manager of radio station WHAP in Hopewell, Virginia responded to a pamphlet Abbitt sent to constituents entitled "Federal Government and NAACP in Collusion to Force Integration in Virginia." Craig told Abbitt his mailing…

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…

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…

C.R. Dunn of Baskerville, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt to praise his opposition to Kennedy's civil rights legislation and his recent speech on the House floor on the topic. The letter, addressed "Dear Watt," also included a postscript on the need to…

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…

A newspaper article by George S. Schuyler, an African American conservative, who argued that civil unrest and civil radicalism among African Americans was the result of Communist efforts. The clipping was marked in Abbitt's files as "Speech info…
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