Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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In this letter sent by frequent correspondent Landon Lane, Lane reacted to decolonization in Africa and Congolese independence by connecting events abroad to domestic Civil Rights attitudes. Lane suggested that conservative whites "band together for…

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…

J.P. Lewis of Suffolk, Virginia, sent Abbitt both a letter and a follow-up telegram demanding that Congress investigate the NAACP and CORE as vigorously as it had the KKK. Lewis also shared his views that there was now "to [sic] much law for the…

Albert Tatum wrote from Brodnax, Virginia inquired if it was a smart decision whether to join the Klan or not. Though groups such as the KKK were not incredibly prevalent in Virginia, there were still some existing members sparsely populated…

Letter written to President Dwight D. Eisenhower from a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, Landon B. Lane. The letter draws connections between segregation and the preservation of a white race. Lane asked the president questions like, "would [you]…

An edition of the Citizen's Council, the official newspaper of the Citizens Councils of America, which featured articles on private schools in Little Rock, literacy tests in Mississippi, and opposition to "moderation" and "liberals."

Mrs. E.P. Westbrook, Jr. of Courtland, VA, a mother of three school age children wrote to Abbitt, Senator A. Willis Robertson, Senator Harry F. Byrd, and Governor Thomas B. Stanley to protest the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board. …

This false application represents a satirical N.A.A.C.P. application (slight variation from previous application) without any indication of authorship or origin. The construction was likely circulated among segregationists in the wake of the Brown v.…

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…

J.C. McGehee sent a handwritten letter to Abbitt from Keysville, Va. to express his opinions regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on integrated schooling. McGehee said that he refused to endorse integration and asked Abbitt and other…
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