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…

A letter to Abbitt from Irving Pritchett and his wife, of Petersburg, Virginia, denouncing the "Warren Court" as a "disgrace to the country" and Stokeley Carmichael and Martin Luther King as traitors attempting to "destroy everything our country…

Fred W. Matthis of Pamplin, Virginia wrote to Abbitt following passage of the "anti-riot" bill that Abbitt had sponsored, praising the bill and sharply criticizing the Supreme Court, Martin Luther King, Stokeley Carmichael, and Lyndon Johnson. In his…

Letter to Abbitt from a constituent, William W. Knotts, regarding gun control in the context of the Civil Rights movement. Knotts feared the additional gun control legislation but called for the disarmament of Stokely Carmichael and of members of…

A letter sent to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Harry F. Byrd, and Abbitt following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. which talks of rioting and the loss of law and order. The author wrote that "the Nation stands on the brink of…

This press release from Abbitt's office highlighted Abbit's remarks on the floor of the House, in which he described civil black power advocate Stokeley Carmichael as an "apostle of hate and disorder" and called for his prosecution for his "actions…

This correspondence was not directly addressed to Watkins M. Abbitt but came into his office through congressional referrals created by the Redistricting Act of Congress and the constituent's reference to multiple locations in Abbitt's congressional…
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