Hobby offers a rough outline for the events leading up to his election as director of the Committee on Public Education (COPE) in 1960. In particular, Hobby explains divisions within the labor movement—primarily focusing on Voters for Better Government—during his initial involvement in the late 1940s and 1950s. Paying particular attention to his friendship with Sparky Williamson and his demise within the movement, Hobby explains how his decision to work briefly with the textile union in Florida and Georgia in 1958 (after he was fired from the American Tobacco Company and was waiting for arbitration of his grievance) was in part fueled by his hope to better prepare himself for the position with COPE should Williamson be fired.