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GOOD TROUBLE: A SHOELEATHER HISTORY OF NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION is inspired by civil rights legend John Lewis. The book chronicles a wide variety of peaceful, strategic organizing campaigns across many decades.
Frances Fox Piven calls Good Trouble “a great little book,” and writes “I'm with you, all the way, and especially now. I don't think there has ever been a time in American history when we have so needed good trouble." Author Steve Thornton tells these stories because they contain important lessons for all who understand that the struggle for social justice is not over.
Steve Thornton is the creator of the Shoeleather History Project, which documents and promotes "history from below." He explores the stories of ordinary people who are the real makers of history, with walking tours, a website, workshops, and public events. Steve has spoken at churches, universities, breweries, with people living on the streets, and on picket lines. He has written three books including Wicked Hartford. He retired in 2013 from his position as a vice president of District 1199 SEIU, the largest healthcare workers union in Connecticut. He lives in West Hartford with his wife Kate Butterworth Valdez.