Bayard Rustin by Jervis Anderson
Troubles I've Seen: A Biography

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Bayard Rustin's influence on American culture is perhaps immeasurable. He played a key role in infusing the Civil Rights movement with the principles of nonviolence; one of the movement's ablest strategists, he was responsible for organizing two of its most momentous events.

In this biography, Jervis Anderson, who once worked with Rustin, describes the life of this leading Black intellectual from his imprisonment as a conscientious observer during WWII to his relationships with Dr. King, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Dorothy Height and the controversy he caused in his later years when he took issue with certain aspects of the Black Power movement. Written with the cooperation of Rustin's friends and colleagues, and with complete access to his personal papers, this is the definitive biography of one of the most important heroes of the Civil Rights movement.


About Jervis Anderson

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Jervis Anderson has been a staff writer for "The New Yorker" magazine since 1968. He is the author of "This Was Harlem" (1983), "Guns in American Life" (1984) and "A. Philip Randolph" (California, 1986).
Published February 1, 1997 by HarperCollins. 418 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Anderson carefully examines Rustin's many contributions to the civil-rights movement, noting that ``no important black figure of his generation responded to as many causes in which the values of democracy and fair play were at stake.'' Although he never achieved prominence as a leader in these ca...

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With access to civil rights organizer Rustin's personal papers and the cooperation of his associates, New Yorker writer Anderson (A. Philip Randolph) has written a solid if not lyrical biography of an

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