I would like to express my gratitude to the generous people and institutions
that assisted me during the many years I worked on this book. Financial sup-
port came from the Social Science Research Council, the Morse Fellowship
of Yale University, a Grant-in-Aid and Summer Faculty Fellowship from In-
diana University, a Fellowship for University Teachers from the National En-
dowment for the Humanities, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, the
American Council of Learned Societies, and Jane's Chair in Latin American
Studies at Brandeis University.
In Mexico City my research was facilitated by the kind staffs of the Ar-
chivo Historico de la Ciudad de Mexico, the Archivo Historico de la Secre-
tarfa de Salud, the Archivo General de la Nacion, the Archivo Notarial, the
Archivo de la Parroquia de la Santa Veracruz, the Biblioteca Nacional de
Mexico, and the Biblioteca Orozco y Berra of the Departamento de His-
tori a of the Instituto Nacional de Antropologfa e Historia. In Seville I was
aided by the efficient staff of the Archivo General de Indias. At Brandeis I
received help from the dedicated staff at the Goldfarb Library, particularly
Mark Alpert, and from the Interlibrary Loan Department, which procured
a continuous stream of books and articles for this investigation.
As this project developed I presented portions of it as lectures and confer-
ence papers. I benefited from the comments of audiences at the IV Congreso
de Historia del Derecho Mexicano, the American Historical Association, the
Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the Universidad Nacional
Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) Conference on the Family and Private Life,
the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, the University of Texas
Conference in Memory of Nettie Lee Benson, the IX Conference of Mexican
and North American Historians, the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
(UAM) Conference on Mexico City in the Nineteenth Century, the Boston
Area Latin American History Workshop at Harvard University, and His-
tory Department seminars at Indiana University, Duke University, Boston
University, Mt. Holyoke College, and Brandeis University.
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