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I
have accrued many intellectual debts in thewriting of this book. First
I thank those institutions whose generous financial support has en-
abled and enriched this project at every stage: Rice University’s Dean of
Humanities,theGilderLehrmanInstituteforAmericanHistory,theMel-
lon Foundation, and Rutgers University’s Center for Childhood Studies.
People have been even more important to this book’s completion, and
I am honored as well as humbled to be able to count such a wealth of
individuals as friends. The friends I made at Trinity University have con-
tinued to be invaluable to me through the last five years. Jack Kerkering
and Heather Sullivan have been infinitely patient, good-humored, and in-
telligent sounding boards, spirit lifters, and friends through it all, and my
thanks to them go beyond words. A number of Rice University friends
havebeenvalued,ifmorerecent,interlocutors:SarahEllenzweig,Michael
Emerson, Alex Lichtenstein, Kirsten Ostherr, Anthony Pinn, and Allison
Sneiderhaveenthusiasticallytalkedwithmeaboutorreadportionsofthe
project. The late Elizabeth Dietz exerted an enduring influence on this
workandmuchelseinmylife.Mythankstothegraduatestudentsinthe
Mellon Hemispheric Americas Seminar whose smart reading of portions
of this project made it stronger: Elizabeth Fenton, Dave Messmer, Cory
Ledoux, Molley Robey, Gale Kenny, and Ben Wise. I am tremendously
grateful for these local friends and for those sprinkled across the country
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