Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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…

Emma Hendrix of Memphis, Tennessee, wrote to Abbitt about how the Supreme Court, the Eisenhower Administration, and the United Nations were ruining the country. She enclosed a pamphlet entitled "U.N. wanted for murder." There's no record of a reply…

Arkansas Faith, a segregationist magazine, focused on resistance to desegregation in general and the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board decision. This issue of the magazine included articles on "race mixing" between African American soldiers and white…

B.L. McCullough of Seattle, Washington wrote to Abbitt to decry the Supreme COurt's ruling in Brown v. Board and Decried the Brown v. Board decision and other “Negroid decisions which no Southern State has the slightest intention of obeying." He…

Landon Lane, a frequent correspondent wrote to Abbitt to express his dismay about the Supreme Court's ruling in
Greene v. McElroy, 360 U.S. 474 (1959). The case involved an aeronautical engineer who had been dismissed from his job because of…

A letter from John Heidenreich to Abbitt expressing his concerns about the power of the federal government and changes within the Democratic party. Heidenreich believed that the Supreme Court should not have the power to make decisions regarding…

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…

In prepared remarks for the House floor, Abbitt commended the citizens of Prince Edward County for their fight against school integration and entered an article from the Farmville Herald into the Congressional record.

A speech by Abbitt on the floor of the House of Representatives give in reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, 377 U.S. 218. In this case, the Court ruled that the decision of the School…
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