1961 May 23

Emergency Civil Liberties Committee Denounces HUAC Investigation


Clark Foreman, Director of the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (ECLC) on this day denounced an impending HUAC investigation of the Fund For Social Analysis. The Fund was a private group devoted to promoting the study of Marxist theory. In a letter to HUAC chairperson Rep. Francis E. Walter, Democrat of Pennsylvania, Foreman condemned HUAC for the “damage” it is “doing to our country.”

Promoting Marxist theory violates no federal law, and the HUAC investigation was typical of the committee’s assault on freedom of expression and association.

The ECLC was a small civil liberties group founded on October 8, 1951 by Corliss Lamont because of his dissatisfaction with the ACLU. Lamont had been a long-time ACLU national board member, but felt it was not doing enough to oppose anti-Communist Cold War measures.


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