"Troublemaker" Memories of the Freedom Movement


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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.92 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

From 1963-1967 Bruce Hartford was a full-time Civil Rights Movement activist, first with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and then as a field secretary for Dr. King's organization the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He participated in the March on Washington, the Selma Voting Rights Campaign and March to Montgomery, the SCOPE voter registration campaign, the Meredith March Against Fear in Mississippi, and the Grenada Mississippi Freedom Movement. While attending San Francisco State College he was a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and part of the historic 1968-69 student strike for open admissions and Third World Studies. In 1970-71 he was a freelance journalist in Asia reporting on the Vietnam War. In later years he was a Silicon Valley technical writer and a founding member and long-time officer of the National Writers Union (UAW/AFL-CIO). Today he is webmaster of the Civil Rigths Movement Veterans website (www.crmvet.org)


"John Lewis told us to make 'good trouble.' We get a special gift in this tradition with Bruce Hartford's memoir, "Troublemaker." In telling about his life in the Civil Rights Movement, he gives us a feeling for what it was actually like to live through that period and he shares lessons so that we can learn what do to carry on those struggles today. Bruce's forceful, humble, warm, humorous character shines throughout. This is a book that helps us learn about history so we can shape it for the future. It is a joy to read."

--HEATHER BOOTH, organizer, and founder of Midwest Academy

"This is a must-read chronicle for anyone seeking to gain greater insight into the critical years of the Freedom movement, the civil rights movement, and the challenges of activism in America. The March on Washington, Selma, CORE, SCLC, SNCC, Martin Luther King, Jr. - all placed within a unique perspective. Bruce Hartford relates this important story with compassion, energy and a palpable sense of humor. It is his story, intimate and personal; but also his activist parents' story, and our collective story, no matter where we once were or where we are now on the political spectrum.

--JENNIFER LAWSON, SNCC veteran and former Head of Programming for PBS

"Bruce Hartford's well-written and engaging memoir combines vivid detail with thoughtful analysis. His compelling account of one person's movement experiences is an important read and it will be of particular interest to those who look to the past as part of their struggle for justice today."

--EMILY CROSBY, author of "A Little Taste of Freedom"

"Inspiring. A gripping and emotional first person account of a young man's commitment and experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. Reading this book, I felt intimately connected with the highs and lows, as well as the fears and courage of those who participated in this period of our history. Hartford has provided an important story about how one individual, together with others of the same mind, can curve the path of history. As important in today's climate as it was in the sixties."


hrough the use of specific details about people, places, and dates, the author gives the reader a three dimensional view of what it was like fighting for fair housing, quality education, and employment in the North. The reader's three-dimensional view continues its journey South to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the March from Selma to Montgomery and the Mississippi March Against Fear.
-- COURTLAND COX, SNCC, Chair of the SNCC Legacy Board