Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Fred W. Matthis of Pamplin, Virginia wrote to Abbitt following passage of the "anti-riot" bill that Abbitt had sponsored, praising the bill and sharply criticizing the Supreme Court, Martin Luther King, Stokeley Carmichael, and Lyndon Johnson. In his…

Arkansas Faith, a segregationist magazine, focused on resistance to desegregation in general and the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board decision. This issue of the magazine included articles on "race mixing" between African American soldiers and white…

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…

Henry Obsorne of Victoria, Virginia wrote to Abbitt on eve of 1968 election to tell him he would vote for Abbitt because Abbitt had “opposed Lyndon’s and Warrens damnable bills” and stood for "Red-Blood Americanism, and of Godliness, which is…

Grace Ruffin, writing under the pseudonym Princess Anne Cotney Cramer, wrote Abbitt about her theory concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy (which she attributed to Lyndon Johnson) and her plans for John F. Kennedy's rebirth. Ruffin…

This correspondence was not directly addressed to Watkins M. Abbitt but came into his office through congressional referrals created by the Redistricting Act of Congress and the constituent's reference to multiple locations in Abbitt's congressional…

Mrs. R.L. Eismon of Abbitt wrote to Abbitt, expressing her displeasure with Lyndon Johnson and the selection of Thurgood Marshall for the Supreme Court. Labelling Marshall a "communist," Eismon argued that “people and the taxpayers should have a…

This three page exchange begins with a letter from Senator Lyndon B. Johnson to Watkins M. Abbitt, which includes a copy of a telegram that Johnson and Sen. Sam Rayburn sent to the president concerning the tense relationship between the president and…
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