ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This project would have never been completed without the financial support
of several institutions and the counsel and encouragement of advisers, men-
tors, friends, and family during what, at times, seemed like an epic gestation
period. As a dissertation, the project was funded generously by the Mellon
Foundation, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Ford Foundation,
and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Studies Research at
Harvard University. Princeton University, the University of California, San
Diego, the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Cali-
fornia, Berkeley, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation each financed my time
away from teaching so that I could complete revisions of the manuscript. I am
particularly grateful to the late Richard Newman, Lisa Thompson, the sta√ of
the Du Bois Institute and the entire ‘‘Couch’’ writing collective (Farah Gri≈n,
Guy Ramsey, Bill Lowe, and Salim Washington) for allowing me the oppor-
tunity to spend time cultivating this project in its earliest stages and in the
midst of an energetic and supportive scholarly community. Jane Gonzalez and
the U.C. President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship sta√ provided helpful assistance
to me during my two years of sabbatical research at the University of Califor-
nia, Berkeley. Many thanks as well to Richard Hope, Sylvia Sheridan, and Bill
Mitchell for organizing and overseeing the Woodrow Wilson’s vibrant and
nurturing Career Enhancement Program for junior faculty which provided
me with the necessary time to complete research on this project. A very special
thanks to Ken Wissoker for his patience, steady support, and editorial vision
and to Courtney Berger and the entire Duke University Press sta√ for oversee-
ing the development of this project.
Over the years, it has become apparent to me that an archivist’s best friend
is her librarian. For their generous time and diligent resourcefulness, I would
like to thank the wonderful library sta√s at the University of California,
Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manu-
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This project would have never been completed without the financial support
of several institutions and the counsel and encouragement of advisers, men-
tors, friends, and family during what, at times, seemed like an epic gestation
period. As a dissertation, the project was funded generously by the Mellon
Foundation, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Ford Foundation,
and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Studies Research at
Harvard University. Princeton University, the University of California, San
Diego, the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Cali-
fornia, Berkeley, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation each financed my time
away from teaching so that I could complete revisions of the manuscript. I am
particularly grateful to the late Richard Newman, Lisa Thompson, the sta√ of
the Du Bois Institute and the entire ‘‘Couch’’ writing collective (Farah Gri≈n,
Guy Ramsey, Bill Lowe, and Salim Washington) for allowing me the oppor-
tunity to spend time cultivating this project in its earliest stages and in the
midst of an energetic and supportive scholarly community. Jane Gonzalez and
the U.C. President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship sta√ provided helpful assistance
to me during my two years of sabbatical research at the University of Califor-
nia, Berkeley. Many thanks as well to Richard Hope, Sylvia Sheridan, and Bill
Mitchell for organizing and overseeing the Woodrow Wilson’s vibrant and
nurturing Career Enhancement Program for junior faculty which provided
me with the necessary time to complete research on this project. A very special
thanks to Ken Wissoker for his patience, steady support, and editorial vision
and to Courtney Berger and the entire Duke University Press sta√ for oversee-
ing the development of this project.
Over the years, it has become apparent to me that an archivist’s best friend
is her librarian. For their generous time and diligent resourcefulness, I would
like to thank the wonderful library sta√s at the University of California,
Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manu-
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