I received much help in the writing of this book. Most of the writers
whose work has taught and inspired me are mentioned within the text,
but there are other friends and colleagues whose support has been crucial
to me in all stages of the writing.
Miriam Sivan, Ruth Charney, and Sara Ruddick were my earliest read-
ers. I can never adequately acknowledge my appreciation for their intel-
ligent response, their encouragement, and their love.
Maureen Reddy's book, Crossing the Color Line, about being the white
Irish mother of Black children was an inspiration to me, and Maureen's
early reading, suggestions, and strong support greatly aided the course
of my own work.
During various stages of writing, I counted on trusted readers to help
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