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Corliss Lamont Speech

An inventory of his collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KD
Date: 17 Jan 2019

Biographical History

Corliss Lamont (1902-1995) was an American socialist philosopher and advocate for civil liberties.

Lamont was born to a wealthy Wall Street family (his father, Thomas W. Lamont had been a partner of J. P. Morgan) but championed issues of the working class, causing him to earn the titles "Socialist" and "traitor to his class." Lamont was also a Humanist who believed humans had evolved without supernatural intervention causing him to be labeled an Atheist. Because of his belief that the United States should maintain a productive relationship with the Soviet Union during the Red Scare, Senator Joseph McCarthy called him "un-American."

As well as a philosopher, Lamont was a poet, author, and professor of Humanism at Columbia University. He also carried a number of successful landmark court cases, including one taken to the Supreme Court. He was given the Gandhi Peace Award in 1981 and served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberities Union and the National Urban League.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Corliss Lamont Speech is a typescript of a speech given to the Teachers Union, New York.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Lamont, Corliss, 1902-1995.


Intellectual freedom.
Philosophy, American.

Genres and Forms

Speeches (compositions)


Humanists -- United States.
Philosophers -- United States.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Corliss Lamont Speech
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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