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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…
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