Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Correspondence between Abbitt from J. Barrye Wall, editor of the Farmville Herald, with enclosures. Wall sent Abbitt a clipping of a letter to the editor written by Bluitt Andrews, an African American man, in support of segregation in Prince…

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…

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…

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

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.

This letter from Dr. L.D. Whitaker includes an original poem about the corruption he believed exists in the federal government.

In a letter to the editor in Richmond News Leader, S. Tremaine of Roselle, New Jersey criticized the Editor's segregationist stance. Tremaine argued that the United States as a whole, led by the Supreme Court, was progressing toward a more…

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…

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 article from the Chattanooga Times was sent to Watkins Abbitt by a friend. The article refers to the controversy regarding Ross Bass and Governor Clement with regard to the Tennessee Senator's seat. Abbitt claimed that Ross Bass was a constant…
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