Many people have contributed to the making of this book. Writing it has
made me more aware than ever that intellectual work takes place through
debate and conversation and within communities of all sorts.
At yale University I had the good fortune to study with Emilia Viotti
da Costa, a brilliant teacher and historian. Professor da Costa's intellectual
engagement and critical insight were a constant source of inspiration and
guidance. Daniel James introduced me to the study of Latin American
labor history and has been a valued teacher and friend. I have learned a
great deal from our many discussions and from his pathbreaking writings
in the fields of labor and gender history. I am grateful to have had the
opportunity to study with David Montgomery, whose work in labor his-
tory has been a constant reference and who provided valuable comments
from the book's beginnings as a doctoral dissertation.
I would also like to acknowledge two teachers who played a role early
on in shaping my interest in intellectual labor. Robert Kaplan's high school
philosophy seminars showed me how exciting intellectual inquiry could
be. I continue to draw on insights gained in Paul Jefferson's classes in
political theory and intellectual history both in high school and at Haver-
ford College.
The two readers of the manuscript for Duke University Press, Jeffrey
Gould and John French, provided extremely valuable criticisms and sug-
gestions for revisions. I have not always taken their suggestions, but this
book is much the better for their engaged readings. I am especially grate-
ful to John French, who read the lengthy manuscript twice with meticu-
lous care and provided extraordinarily detailed and generous comments.
In Chile, the Department of History of the Universidad de Santiago de
Chile (usAch) provided me institutional support and affiliation. I particu-
larly thank Julio Pinto Vallejos for his help and friendship. His own work
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