Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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J.P. Lewis of Suffolk, Virginia, sent Abbitt both a letter and a follow-up telegram demanding that Congress investigate the NAACP and CORE as vigorously as it had the KKK. Lewis also shared his views that there was now "to [sic] much law for the…

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…

In this address to the Lions Club of Statesville, North Carolina, the Reverend James P. Dees began by describing his compassion for African Americans, but also declared his staunch opposition to integration. He also discussed his objections to…

In this pamphlet, the Citizens Grass Roots Crusade of South Carolina argued that civil rights efforts by Africans Americans were a communist plot to undermine the United states. The pamphlet contented that African Americans had been duped by the…

Two newspaper articles that focus on Robert D. Robertson and W. Lester Banks, two prominent NAACP activists. Both articles describe the planned NAACP campaign of wade-ins on public beaches, sit-ins and "mass applications" of African Americans for…

This pamphlet, published by the Duval County Federation for Constitutional Government of Jacksonville, Florida, accused the NAACP, Americans for Democratic Action, World federalists, and other "leftist organizations” of carrying out “an organized…

John G. Sims, Jr, of Forth Worth, Texas wrote Abbitt to thank him for sending him a copy of a speech by Harry F. Byrd. The letter includes a self-published pamphlet of his own. Deploying metaphors of war, Sims wrote that that the NAACP and "our…

This pamphlet reproduced editorials from the Farmville about the perceived objectives of the NAACP . The editor portrayed the objectives of gaining equality in housing, employment, and education as subversive attempts to undermine American values…

The Attorney General of the state of Arkansas wrote to Abbitt imploring him to take action in Congress to strip the NAACP of its tax-exempt status. Abbitt replied that he was focused on this question and that he "realize[d] the dire predicament of…

William R. Craig, manager of radio station WHAP in Hopewell, Virginia responded to a pamphlet Abbitt sent to constituents entitled "Federal Government and NAACP in Collusion to Force Integration in Virginia." Craig told Abbitt his mailing…
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