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This volume began as a conversation at Southern Methodist University in
the spring of 2005. Since that time, we have accrued extensive personal
and professional debts, which we would like to acknowledge.
At smu’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, we thank associate
director Sherry Smith, as well as Andrea Boardman and Ruth Ann El-
more, who helped at every step of the way, and never more indispensably
than at the ‘‘Bridging National Borders’’ symposium held at smu in March
2007. Thanks also to the graduate students and university sta√ who as-
sisted in making that event run so smoothly; and to Johnny Faragher,
whose comments in Dallas pushed us to refine (and in some cases to
reject) our assumptions and arguments. A generous Canadian Studies
Conference Grant from the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.,
helped o√set our meeting expenses.
‘‘Bridging National Borders’’ marked the first time that the Clements
Center had partnered with another institution in hosting its annual sym-
posium, and we could not have been more fortunate than to work with the
Department of History at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British
Columbia. Department chair John Craig was a most gracious host, and
Nicholas Guyatt (now at the University of York in England) kept the con-
ference moving (and the audience chuckling) in his role as emcee. Leo
Shin, of the University of British Columbia, and sfu’s Alec Dawson pro-
vided excellent commentary on the papers. Jay Taylor deserves special
acknowledgment for his fundraising brilliance, enthusiasm, and unflag-
ging support, without which our September 2006 gathering in Vancou-
ver would not have been possible.
Several scholars in various corners of North America improved the
project with their careful readings of the manuscript and suggestions for
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