Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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In seven-page handwritten letter, Martha Richardson of Lynchburg, Virginia complained to Abbitt about street crime, "negro hoodlum[s], arsonists, murder, [and] rapists," Stokeley Carmichael, "the misuse of poverty funds all over the country," the…

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…

A telegram from a constituent with a response from Abbitt in which the congressman said that he believed that national leaders and the Supreme Court had begun advocating for strict gun control in order to trick the American people into believing that…

Correspondence between Abbitt and Howard Clark, secretary of the Powhatan Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. in which both parties expressed their concern over the issue of gun control. Abbitt in his letter said that he would not feel safe at home without…

1968 political advertisement for Samuel Wilbert Tucker who ran against Abbitt for the Fourth Congressional District.
Tucker, an African American attorney and founding partner in the Richmond, Virginia firm of Hill, Tucker and Marsh, would…

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A political advertisement from the 1968 election for the Fourth Congressional District. The two candidates were Watkins Abbitt and S.W. Tucker. Abbitt would win the election by gaining over seventy percent of the vote.

John Perts wrote to Abbitt to congratulate him on checking the power of the Supreme Court and “dealing with our political hippies so alien o our normally conservative Old Dominion!” Abbitt replied by thanking Perts for his support and expressing…

A letter from Marjorie Steele of Suffolk, Virginia, to Abbitt, expressing her outrage that Abbitt was facing a "nigger" in the 1968 election. She declared "Abe Lincoln said that those blacks should never be made voters, hold gov. office etc. and it…

Henry Obsorne of Victoria, Virginia wrote to Abbitt on eve of 1968 election to tell him he would vote for Abbitt because Abbitt had “opposed Lyndon’s and Warrens damnable bills” and stood for "Red-Blood Americanism, and of Godliness, which is…

Abbitt wrote. B. Hubert Beale of Cortland, Virginia, thanking him for his support of his 1968 campaign for re-election. In this letter, Abbitt admitted he was “worried about the campaign because of hte lack of interest on the part of our…
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