Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Letter to Mr. Hawley Hawthorne, in which Abbitt expressed his support for massive resistance by stating that the people of Prince Edward County were "fighting to maintain constitutional government" and that they deserve the support of all Americans.…

This pamphlet, published by the Duval County Federation for Constitutional Government of Jacksonville, Florida, accused the NAACP, Americans for Democratic Action, World federalists, and other "leftist organizations” of carrying out “an organized…

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…

This handwritten document attacks the 1954 Brown v Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court. The author argued that the Supreme Court had usurped God's law on the integrity of the races and incited young Americans to rioting and delinquency.

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…

An edition of the Citizen's Council, the official newspaper of the Citizens Councils of America, which featured articles on private schools in Little Rock, literacy tests in Mississippi, and opposition to "moderation" and "liberals."

A handwritten document, without signed author, outlining two steps to fight school integration through legislative action at both local and federal levels. The writer posed the political conflict as a series of stark choices: “The real problems…

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

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…

This pamphlet and quasi-petition called for U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren's impeachment on the grounds of an alleged alliance with the Soviet Union, as evidenced by the desegregation ruling in 1954. The pamphlet expresses a belief…
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