Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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A letter to Abbitt from a constituent in opposition to the Vietnam War with radical literature pamphlets enclosed from the Cinema Educational Guild, Inc., which included headings like "Our Brainwashed People Must Be Unbrainwashed" and "The LBJ Death…

Virginia Strough of Colonial Heights, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt to voice her objections to the Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City in Washington, DC, and to opposition to proposed federal gun control legistation in the wake of Robert…

J.R. Pritchard Jr., wrote to Abbitt expressing his concerns about the Soviet Union and the social toll the Vietnam War was beginning to take. Pritchard argued that the federal government was holding the military back from fighting the war…

An office memo informed Abbitt of a phone call by a Joseph S. Porter, a constituent whose son was killed in action in Vietnam. Porter's son had a wife who had recently given birth to a baby boy. Porter, however, did not wish to have the last name…

Marion Riley of Chesapeake, Virginia wrote to Abbitt requesting information about a recent essay in Saturday Evening Post that painted a negative picture of conditions in South Vietnam. “I have never, until now, felt we were wrong to be in…

A letter from James Powell, a boy from Carollton, Virginia, requesting information on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and voicing concern about when the Vietnam War will end. “I’m..interested in why we are still fighting in…

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…

A letter from Elmer W. Coy outlining his opinion of President Nixon's actions in the Vietnam War, and including a letter he sent to Dr Arnold A. Hutschnecker, a psychiatrist who he recommended that President Nixon, who he views as a "mental case,"…

In this press release, Abbitt called for the United States to avoid active intervention in Indo-China conflict and declared he would oppose the sending of troops into the conflict unless "absolutely certain" the "loss" of the entire Southeast Asia…

David Gardner, a twenty-year old man who was incarcerated at the Petersburg Virginia Federal Reformatory, wrote to Abbitt in hopes that the rest of his sentence could be completed in Vietnam as a member of the Marine Corps. Abbitt replied that…
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