Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Letter from Morgan W. Strother to George M. Modlin

Dublin Core

Title

Letter from Morgan W. Strother to George M. Modlin

Description

This document is a letter from Morgan W. Strother of the W. Fred Richardson Security Storage Corporation to George M. Modlin, the President of the University of Richmond, that was sent on April 21, 1949. Strother wrote that when "we business men" meet, they hear about the importance of voting and "the gravity of the trend toward socialism and the danger of losing our free enterprise system." Elections for the top State officials were approaching and they would "govern our affairs and determine to a great extent the policies under which we must operate our businesses." He emphasized the importance of voting and the danger of a "growing political philosophy" that "carry out their selfish purposes." Strother asked Modlin to draw a red circle around May 7 on his calendar because it is "the deadline for payment of poll taxes in order to vote in the coming elections" and encouraged Modlin to ask his friends and employees to do the same. Poll taxes were a common method to suppress voting rights, particularly of black citizens, across southern states during the era of Jim Crow.

Source

Letter from Morgan W. Strother to George M. Modlin, 21 April 1949, RG 6.2.4 box 7 folder 8, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Date

1949-04-21

Contributor

Modlin, George Matthews, 1903-1998

Language

English

Type

Identifier

UA6.2.4.7.8-19490421.jpg

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

Text Item Type Metadata

Student Contributor

Files

Citation

Strother, Morgan W., “Letter from Morgan W. Strother to George M. Modlin,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 1, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1922.