Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

Remarks of Congressman Abbitt in Farmville, Virginia


Remarks of Congressman Abbitt in Farmville, Virginia


In a speech marked as to delivered in Farmville, Virginia, Abbitt denounced civil rights legislation advanced in Congress and supported by the Kennedy administration. Abbitt made the case that this legislation "perverted" the constitution and represented an infringement on the rights of the "overwhelming majority of the American people" to "purchase[e] the political support of minority groups." Abbitt defined these rights as "the right of one to choose his own association, the right to operate his own private business as he sees fit so long as he does not molest others, and the right to own property and dispose of it at well." Abbitt also warned of a "national government [that] will take over the election machinery as well as to regulate the lives of our people from the cradle to the grave.” He attacked the news media who would “not present a fair analysis of the legislation” and the “so-called ministers of the gospel going about the land spreading discord and dissent—advocating civil disobedience and willful violation of the laws." Abbitt concluded by stating he was "proud to be here in the sacred soil of Prince Edward County whose people have withstood the heaviest onslaught and are the one hope of preserving constitutional government in this nation. They have stood like a stone wall and I stand with them in their fight to preserve freedom and liberty and the right to choose our associates and to operate our schools as we see fit untrammeled by judicial tyranny and usurpation of authority.”


Abbitt, Watkins Moorman 1908-1998




Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers



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Farmville, Virginia




Abbitt, Watkins Moorman 1908-1998, “Remarks of Congressman Abbitt in Farmville, Virginia,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed June 21, 2018,

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