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 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…

Letter to Abbitt from a constituent fearing gun control legislation during a time of rioting following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Chiles wrote, "I'm sick at heart at the riots, raping, looting, burning, sniping, and so on. I do not…

In this radio address, Abbitt provided an update on a bill to expand Social Security. Following this, Abbitt spent the bulk of the speech discussing the details of a tax bill drafted by the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Robert Delano, president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to Abbitt to express opposition to H.R. 5733, a bill to make permanent a food stamps pilot program. Delano denounced the program as a “public dole” that had a tendency to…

This pamphlet, published by the Duval County Federation for Constitutional Government of Jacksonville, Florida, accused the NAACP, Americans for Democratic Action, World federalists, and other "leftist organizations” of carrying out “an organized…

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 B. F. Few includes a pamphlet entitled "About Cigarettes and Taxes" by Hugh Crane to argue against higher taxes in tobacco states.

W. E. Skelton, Dean of the Extension Division and Director of Cooperative Extension at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, wrote to Abbitt, calling his attention the valuable work of "outstanding Negro extension agents" within his division. Skelton…

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