Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

[Letter] 1959, November 20 [to] Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt

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[Letter] 1959, November 20 [to] Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt

Description

Frequent correspondent Landon Lane wrote to Abbitt to express his dismay at what he perceived to be overly solicitous treatment of African leaders by the U.S. Department of State. Enclosing a Richmond Times Dispatch article about the visit of Ahmed Sékou Touré, first President of Guinea, to seek a U.S. loan, Lane argued "the fact that he is a non-Caucasian should automatically insure that...he is 'unfriendly to the West'" and that if the United States government were to support him that "we [would] be doing everything possible to hasten our own demise." In his reply, Abbitt commented: “We are getting in worse shape all the time and it makes me sick to my stomach.”

Creator

Lane, Landon

Date

1959-11-20/1959-11-23

Contributor

Abbitt, Congressman Watkins Moorman 1908-1998 correspondent

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers

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Text

Spatial Coverage

Altavista, Virginia

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Citation

Lane, Landon, “[Letter] 1959, November 20 [to] Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 22, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/366.

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