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Remarks of Honorable W. M. Abbitt (D-Va.) at The American Legion Fourth District Convention, Petersburg, Virginia, at 2:00 P.M.

Title

Remarks of Honorable W. M. Abbitt (D-Va.) at The American Legion Fourth District Convention, Petersburg, Virginia, at 2:00 P.M.

Description

In a draft of a speech to the American Legion, likely given shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in July 1964, Abbitt described the Act as "the most evil, iniquitous, liberty destroying, power grasping legislation ever presented to the Congress by one of its committees." He contended that its provisions (outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin) "foists upon us a police state" and dealt a "body blow to our private enterprise system." Claiming that the legislation had passed to appease "minority pressure groups" who could deliver block votes in elections, Abbitt called for "our people" to engage in politics. The speech mixed praise for Virginia's strong economic growth with concern that white Virginians were " too anxious to make money and get ahead materially and are not interested enough in political affairs."



Creator

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998

Date

[1964?]

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers

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Spatial Coverage

Petersburg, Virginia

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Citation

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998, “Remarks of Honorable W. M. Abbitt (D-Va.) at The American Legion Fourth District Convention, Petersburg, Virginia, at 2:00 P.M.,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 22, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/170.

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