Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Lamont Family and Carey McWillams

It's amazing how American political genealogies work. Today Ned Lamont will press Joe Lieberman for his Senate seat in Connecticut. But yesterday I learned that Lamont is related to an FOC (Friend of Carey)--namely, Corliss Lamont, who co-founded the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee with McWilliams during the McCarthy era. Ned's great uncle was a longstanding board member of the ACLU but resigned when it didn't support him during an encounter with McCarthy's Senate committee. Another ECLC co-founder was Yale law professor Thomas Emerson, Hillary Clinton's mentor. For more, see American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams, pp. 198-200.

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