Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

[Letter] 1958, June 19, Washington, D.C. [to] Pocahontas Hagy, Abingdon, Va.

Title

[Letter] 1958, June 19, Washington, D.C. [to] Pocahontas Hagy, Abingdon, Va.

Description

A letter to Abbitt from Pocahontas Hagy of Abingdon, Virginia, arguing for better treatment of Native American peoples. Contending that the South had favored African Americans over "the Indian, America’s first landowner." Hagy asked Abbitt a to “please see that the Public Health Service has enough money to carry out its long-range Indian health programs” and to “urge the Indian Bureau to stop terminating the reservation system.” Comparing NAACP efforts at "immediate integration" to "communist tactics," Hagy contended that segregation was Christian and that Native Americans did "not demand integration with the white," only recognition due them. Abbitt replied with a perfunctory form letter about his interest in the matter.
.. The author of the letter, who identified herself as Native American, likened NAACP efforts at "immediate integration" to "communist tactics." She believed that segregation was necessary and best in line with Christianity.

Creator

Hagy, Pocahontas

Date

1958-06-04/1958-06-19

Contributor

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers.

Type

Text.

Spatial Coverage

Abingdon, Virginia

Files

Citation

Hagy, Pocahontas , “[Letter] 1958, June 19, Washington, D.C. [to] Pocahontas Hagy, Abingdon, Va. ,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 23, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/378.

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