This book grew out of a series of panels that led in turn to a two- day interna-
tional conference at Michigan State University in 2009. We would like to
thank all the departments and individuals who generously supported that
conference, in par tic u lar Mark Kornbluh, Dylan Miner, Elizabeth O’Brien,
Antonio Turok, Lapiztola, Zzierra Rrezzia, and Edith Morales Sánchez, to-
gether with the Department of History, the Residential College in the Arts
and Humanities, the Center for Latin American and Ca rib be an Studies, the
Department of Po liti cal Science, the School of Journalism, and the School of
Criminal Justice. For the next step of turning the resulting papers into a book
we owe warm thanks to Gil Joseph and to Valerie Milholland and Gisela Fo-
sado at Duke University Press, whose backing for this project has been pa-
tient and considerable.
We have incurred substantial professional and personal debts along the
way— substantial enough, when combined with those of our contributors, to
defy detailed listing. The archivists, librarians, interviewees, students, col-
leagues, and friends who helped us along the way have been fundamental to
our work; they know who they are, and how grateful we are to them. Our au-
thors have been much put upon and have responded with tolerance and mul-
tiple draft s. Other colleagues have contributed as commentators and critical
readers. Heather Fowler- Salamini, Alan Knight, Pablo Piccato, and John
Womack Jr. were the original discussants at Michigan State University; they
went on to read draft s of the manuscript and make valuable observations and
suggestions a second time around, to which Oscar Altamirano, Chris Boyer,
Barry Carr, Ben Fallaw, María Teresa Fernández Aceves, Gladys McCormick,
Tanalís Padilla, Wil Pansters, Andrew Paxman, Eric Van Young, and Duke’s
anonymous readers subsequently added. John Womack Jr. asked some
diffi cult— and consequently useful— questions, which we greatly appreciated.
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