In the late 1920s, Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote a song entitled “Stout Hearted Men” for the Broadway show, and a subsequent movie for really late-night movie fans, The New Moon. The sentiment of the lyric still resonates regardless of the gender of those who lead political movements today. Following the intro, the melody asserts:

Give me some men Who are stout-hearted men Who will fight for the right they adore. Start me with ten Who are stout-hearted men And I’ll soon give you ten thousand more

Most major political movements start with fewer than ten, often only one or two stout-hearted persons who have a passionate belief in either their cause or their candidacy. History shows that with a cadre of true believers one can build a movement. This chapter describes how this is accomplished.