Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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A letter with an enclosed article, titled "Ex-Communist Testifies On Red Goals in South" from frequent correspondent Landon Lane to Abbitt. The article suggested that the Communist Party of the United States of America sought to foster racial…

An anti-NAACP pamphlet, printed by American Nationalist, which argued that NAACP fomented a plot for "black supremacy" through voter registration

A letter to Abbitt from Pocahontas Hagy of Abingdon, Virginia, arguing for better treatment of Native American peoples. Contending that the South had favored African Americans over "the Indian, America’s first landowner." Hagy asked Abbitt a to…

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…

Abbitt wrote. B. Hubert Beale of Cortland, Virginia, thanking him for his support of his 1968 campaign for re-election. In this letter, Abbitt admitted he was “worried about the campaign because of hte lack of interest on the part of our…

In this draft of a speech before Congress, Abbitt condemned remarks that Arthur S. Fleming, Eisenhower's Secretary of Heath, Education, and Welfare had made about resistance to integration in Prince Edward County. Abbitt referred to Fleming as a…

A draft of speech delivered on House floor on January 21, 1959 in which Abbitt declared that "we cannot and we must not permit integration in a single public school in Virginia.” Abbitt argued that the “guns of Federal judicial tyranny" were…

In a letter sent to each member of Virginia's congressional delegation, the Richmond Branch of the NAACP urged Abbitt to support H.R. 3147, an anti-lynching bill. Two weeks earlier, on April 24, 1959, Mack Parker, an African American, was lynched…

Jennette L. Daniel, president of the Cumberland Branch of the NAACP, wrote Abbitt urging him to support civil rights legislation pending in Congress.. The letter specifically addressed the lynching of Mack Parker in Mississippi on April 24, 1959. In…

Barrye Wall, editor of the Farmville Herald wrote Abbitt about his concerns about the U.S. position in Vietnam, "ominous rumblings of revolution in the cities of our country," and what he saw as the continuous "persecutions that federal…
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