Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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 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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

In a letter to Abbitt, E. C. Coleman of Petersburg, VA. inquired about any HUAC investigations of the NAACP, noting that he had understood NAACP Board member Channing Tobias to be connected to the Communist Party. Abbitt contacted the committee on…

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…

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…
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