Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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One month after Martin Luther King's assassination, William P. Jervey, Jr, of Powhatan, Virginia requested from Abbitt any information that the FBI might have about King. Abbitt replied that that he had written HUAC asking for information but…

In this speech Abbitt told the Appomattox Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy about the important role played by women in both the history of the nation and for civil defense. Abbitt also spoke on the military might of the Russians and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Attorney General of the state of Arkansas wrote to Abbitt imploring him to take action in Congress to strip the NAACP of its tax-exempt status. Abbitt replied that he was focused on this question and that he "realize[d] the dire predicament of…

George S. Benson, president of Harding College, wrote to Abbitt about the testimony of Harry Bridges, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, before House Un-American Activities Committee on April 21, 1959. Objecting to…

This letter begins with Reverend Paul Blevins, a pastor from Lynchburg, writing to Abbitt regarding the potential Communist associations of UNICEF. Although Blevins was not in Abbitt's district, he met Abbitt and informed the congressman of his high…

Esther J. Carrico, an auxiliary member of the American Legion in Washington, D.C., wrote to Abbitt requesting that he prevent “opponents” of the House Un-American Activities from cutting off committee funding. Abbitt replied that he agreed that…
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