Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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 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…

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…

Jack Rathborne of Arlington, Virginia, wrote to Byrd to call his attention to a “venomous” speech by NAACP member Agnes Meyer before the 1957 banquet of the Arlington Education Association. Rathborne asked that Byrd public refute what he…

A satirical N.A.A.C.P. application without any indication of authorship or origin. The construction was likely circulated among segregationists in the wake of Brown v. Board.

This false application represents a satirical N.A.A.C.P. application (slight variation from previous application) without any indication of authorship or origin. The construction was likely circulated among segregationists in the wake of the Brown v.…

In a handwritten letter, J.C. McGehee of Keysville, Virgnia, implored Abbitt to continue resisting school integration and argued that it was Virginia's duty to "help" Arkansas and North Carolina in the prevention of school integration. McGehee…

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…

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…

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…
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