I have just found an old copy of the book The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer and am glancing at it. What I find interesting is the two ideas of fanatics being outsiders and family making a difference. I wonder if anyone else has read the old book and what they got out of it.
What I am trying to get an understanding on is if the founders/activists in our movement were fanatics. I do not think so, which seems to not follow this book's thinking.
It seems to me the strength, from the start, is that we followed the rules, used the system, and never thought there had to be a revolution to arrive someday at equality. I know some people had strong ideas and were often combative, but I did not find anyone I knew or heard about as being a fanatic, willing to run out and die for the cause.
I thought Don Slater, and others, were so sure of their thinking and cause that they just plugged on and expected success to come someday.