Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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…

John Watts of Farmville, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt about the funding of Prince Edward County's private schools and how they did not receive any federal funding for tuition. In his reply, Abbitt explained that he disagreed adamantly with the courts'…

A pamphlet encouraging white citizens of the state to begin funding segregated, white private schools for students. This pamphlet was released around the time counties such as Prince Edward closed public schools to resist integration. Taking the…

A pamphlet written by William Stephenson listing ways that white Virginians could resist integration. The pamphlet urged readers to take action and to "beware of fence-sitters and despise the lukewarm."

Letter from Isham T. Wilkinson, a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, to Senator Harry Flood Byrd regarding Governor Lindsay Almond's school closing plan and Wilkinson's disapproval of Abbitt's approach to massive resistance. In the letter, Wilkinson…

Letter to Abbitt from frequent correspondent, Ernest S. Jones of Petersburg, Virginia, regarding school integration, the validity of the Fourteenth Amendment, and communist influence in the NAACP. Abbitt thanked Jones for his insight and noted that…

A letter from consituants protesting the busing of black children from the South side of Richmond to the East side.

Two articles in the National Education Association Journal,, describing the education situation in Prince Edward County Schools from two different perspectives. Includes a photograph of authors, William Vanden Heuvel, Special Assistant to the…

Editorial in the Farmville Herald, criticizing Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy for remarking at an Emancipation Proclamation celebration in Louisville, Kentucky: “We may observe, with as much sadness and irony, that outside of Africa, south of…

A pamphlet, prepared by the Prince Edward County School Foundation, describing the objectives, curriculum, personnel, financial situation, and future plans of the all-white Prince Edward Academy,
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