Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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A resolution by the Farmville District Parent Teachers Association which commended Governor Thomas B. Stanley and Virginia legislature on their leadership and supporting measures adopted by the General Assembly in its special session of 1956. …

In a March 1959 letter marked "personal and confidential," Senator Harry F. Byrd briefed Abbitt on his efforts to have the Internal Revenue Service rescind the tax-exempt status of the NAACP and grant tax exempt status to to new segregation academies…

A model General Assembly bill drafted by the Defenders of Segregation for a new state law stipulating that "white and colored children shall not be taught together in the public schools of Virginia” and that “no state funds shall be expended in…

Florence D. Reipe, district director of the Staunton River district chapter of Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers sent Abbitt a resolution unanimously adopted at the district chapter's annual meeting on March 14, 1958. The resolution…

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…

This pamphlet satirized supporters of integration for believing that the personal views of Supreme Court justices overruled the Constitution. It also called out elite Northerners for hypocrisy on questions of racial equality: “Would you please pass…

Correspondence between Abbitt from J. Barrye Wall, editor of the Farmville Herald, with enclosures. Wall sent Abbitt a clipping of a letter to the editor written by Bluitt Andrews, an African American man, in support of segregation in Prince…

The June 1956 issue of the official newsletter of the Defenders of State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties, one of the principal opponents of school desegregation in Virginia. The newsletter included descriptions of activities of its county…

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…

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…
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