Dear Congressman Abbitt

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[Letter] 1957 April 26, Falls Church, Virginia [to] Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Title

[Letter] 1957 April 26, Falls Church, Virginia [to] Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

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Kenneth Hooley of Falls Church Virginia, wrote Abbitt to share a pamphlet by Aldrich Blake, entitled "Are 'Civil Rights’ Worth it?“ Based in Laguna Beach, California, Blake was the author of My Kind! My Country! (1950), a dystopian novel set in a future United States where communist sympathizers had established a new state of “Negroland” inside the United States. The pamphlet contended that civil rights laws "violate[d] individual freedom,” “menace[d] private property rights,” and “destroy[ed] happiness.” In his letter to Abbitt, Hooley described himself as being "in frequent contact with Blake and suggested that Southerners "should make every effort to capitalize on the effort of those from outside the South who are trying to do a genuine job.”

Creator

Hooley, Kenneth H.

Date

1957-04-26

Contributor

Blake, Aldrich

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers.

Type

Text.

Spatial Coverage

Falls Church, Virginia.

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Citation

Hooley, Kenneth H. , “[Letter] 1957 April 26, Falls Church, Virginia [to] Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt, Washington, D.C. ,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed September 24, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/386.

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