Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Handwritten addresses of several of Watkins' correspondents in the Virginia area.

An issue of Common Sense, self-proclaimed as "The Nation's Anti-Communist Newspaper", with a focus on the relationship between communism and "race-mixing".

Carolyn Cornell, a high school from Norfolk, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt urging him to support legislation by Senator William E. Jenner of Indiana to “curb the Supreme Court.” Quoting Abbitt's own speech, she wrote: “You certainly speak the…

In his letter, Gregory opposed the Abbitt administration's large monetary contribution to the Department of Agriculture. Gregory wrote about the potential implications of this action.

In this letter, managing editor of The Suffolk News-Herald, Robert R. Hardy, sent Abbitt a clipping which included Abbitt's statement on gun control which Hardy reports has had a very favorable response.

Charlie Hunter wrote to Abbitt, praising the Congressman's leadership in resisting integration. Hunter pointed to a particular article in the Farmville Herald that discussed re-opening schools in Prince Edward County. Abbitt replied expressing his…

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…

Newspaper article describing how Philippine tobacco farmers had filed suit to halt U.S. importation of 4.7 million kilograms of tobacco into the country; the farmers argued that there was no shortage of Virginia Tobacco in the Philippines.

This letter was written by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (the Roanoke River Post). The authors were in favor of racial segregation in hospitals and asked Abbitt's support. The administration believed that this would lead to…

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…
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