Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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…

R. S. Burgess of Lynchburg, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt to argue that the federal government was not allowing enough cutting in George Washington National Forest in Virginia and to urge Abbitt to “support the proper action to get the timber sales on…

John G. Sims, Jr, of Forth Worth, Texas wrote Abbitt to thank him for sending him a copy of a speech by Harry F. Byrd. The letter includes a self-published pamphlet of his own. Deploying metaphors of war, Sims wrote that that the NAACP and "our…

L.D. Whitaker of Farmville, Virginia, sent Abbitt a poem he had penned for the Farmville Herald entitled “Washington Alphabet.” The poem criticized Truman's Fair deal and “wasteful government” that “thinks up ways to tax us.”

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