Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Landon Lane, a frequent correspondent wrote to Abbitt to express his dismay about the Supreme Court's ruling in
Greene v. McElroy, 360 U.S. 474 (1959). The case involved an aeronautical engineer who had been dismissed from his job because of…

A letter and enclosed clipping from "The Worker" sent by frequent correspondent Landon Lane. The article clipping was titled "Nation's Youth to Demonstrate! Now's the Time to Integrate!" and Lane's commentary on the subject was that the gradual…

A copy of a Jan. 1959 issue of Dan Smoot Report sent by frequent correspondent Landon Lane, the main subject of which is "Anarchy: U.S.A." written by Archibald B. Roosevelt, son of former president Theodore Roosevelt.

J.R. Pritchard Jr., wrote to Abbitt expressing his concerns about the Soviet Union and the social toll the Vietnam War was beginning to take. Pritchard argued that the federal government was holding the military back from fighting the war…

A letter from Marjorie Steele of Suffolk, Virginia, to Abbitt, expressing her outrage that Abbitt was facing a "nigger" in the 1968 election. She declared "Abe Lincoln said that those blacks should never be made voters, hold gov. office etc. and it…

A telegram to Abbitt from a constituent which called on Abbitt to oppose gun control legislation and which he saw as the first step in confiscating guns and towards a communist or socialist police state.

In this speech, Abbitt praised the benefits of the Rural Electrification program and concluded speech with warning that United States represented the “only hope of maintaining freedom in the free world” and that people of “satellite countries…

Two women wrote to Abbitt on the process of selecting Supreme Court judges. Included in this letter is a table showing the apparent support from each Supreme Court justice for communists.

These remarks, given by Abbitt, indicate that Abbitt was against the government providing welfare aid to "certain groups." Abbitt believed that a spirit of paternalism would lead to an increase in the popularity of socialism and less control of free…

Remarks from Abbitt in the House of Representatives wherein he expressed his concern about federal spending, particularly with programs like federal aid to education, area redevelopment loans, urban renewal, public housing, etc. Abbitt said that he…
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