Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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In prepared remarks for the House floor, Abbitt commended the citizens of Prince Edward County for their fight against school integration and entered an article from the Farmville Herald into the Congressional record.

A speech by Abbitt on the floor of the House of Representatives give in reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, 377 U.S. 218. In this case, the Court ruled that the decision of the School…

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…

John Watts of Farmville, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt about the funding of Prince Edward County's private schools and how they did not receive any federal funding for tuition. In his reply, Abbitt explained that he disagreed adamantly with the courts'…

Barrye Wall, editor of the Farmville Herald wrote Abbitt about his concerns about the U.S. position in Vietnam, "ominous rumblings of revolution in the cities of our country," and what he saw as the continuous "persecutions that federal…

Two articles in the National Education Association Journal,, describing the education situation in Prince Edward County Schools from two different perspectives. Includes a photograph of authors, William Vanden Heuvel, Special Assistant to the…

Editorial in the Farmville Herald, criticizing Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy for remarking at an Emancipation Proclamation celebration in Louisville, Kentucky: “We may observe, with as much sadness and irony, that outside of Africa, south of…

A pamphlet, prepared by the Prince Edward County School Foundation, describing the objectives, curriculum, personnel, financial situation, and future plans of the all-white Prince Edward Academy,

A pamphlet reproducing a "Declaration of Principles" adopted by a proponents of massive resistance in Prince Edward County. These principles included the rightness of segregated schooling for tranquility, harmony, progress and advancement of the…

Record of a resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors in Prince Edward County at a regular meeting held on May 3, 1956. The resolution demanded that state taxes not be appropriated for integrated public schools.
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