Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

Speech Given on the Floor in the House of Representatives

Title

Speech Given on the Floor in the House of Representatives

Description

A draft of speech delivered on House floor on January 21, 1959 in which Abbitt declared that "we cannot and we must not permit integration in a single public school in Virginia.” Abbitt argued that the “guns of Federal judicial tyranny" were trained upon Virginia and that “the NAACP and the liberal left-wing groups that are trying to nationalize and mongrelize our nation have made an all out effort to bring Virginia to her knees and to compel her to submit to judicial tyranny." Abbitt's speech draft praised the public declaration of continued resistance by Governor Lindsey Almond as a “noble covenant with the people to preserve the rights of our people, the integrity of our state, and the continued operation of segregated schools.”

Creator

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman 1908-1998

Date

1959-1-21

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Washington D.C.

Files

Collection

Citation

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman 1908-1998, “Speech Given on the Floor in the House of Representatives,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed September 25, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/325.

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