Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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 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…

This letter from Mrs. Virginia Reibsamen of Spring Grove, VA was written shortly after the Brown v. Board decision. It describes her disapproval, as a mother, of the Supreme Court decision to integrate. Abbitt responded by sympathizing and said that…

Mrs. E.P. Westbrook, Jr. of Courtland, VA, a mother of three school age children wrote to Abbitt, Senator A. Willis Robertson, Senator Harry F. Byrd, and Governor Thomas B. Stanley to protest the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board. …

Frank T. Faulconer of Amherst, Virginia wrote to Abbitt to express his opposition to the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board. Faulconer stated that "the negroes and the white people have gotten along together in Amherst County in a most friendly…

Walter Carter of Amherst, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt, asking him to ask Governor Thomas B. Stanley to limit the General Assembly's agenda to resisting school integration.. Abbitt replied in agreement with Carter's suggestion.

J.C. McGehee sent a handwritten letter to Abbitt from Keysville, Va. to express his opinions regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on integrated schooling. McGehee said that he refused to endorse integration and asked Abbitt and other…

Isham T. Wilkinson of Kenbridge, Virginia, wrote to Senator Harry Byrd protesting the integration of public schools, criticizing the NAACP, and avowing that the Supreme Court had violated States rights. He wrote the letter on stationary with the…

Frank S. Littlejohn, a physician from Marhsall, Texas, wrote to thank Abbitt for his stand in support of segregation, which believe to be “aside from the Bricker Amendment” the most important issue facing the nation. Littlejohn commented: “The…
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