Acknowledgments
Many people have contributed to the completion of this project, and it
is a pleasant task (and one I have looked forward to for a while) to ac-
knowledgemydebttothem.Mydeepestgratitudegoestothepeoplewho
made Cornell such a nurturing, mind-opening experience for me. The
very ability to express my appreciation owes a great deal to the patience
ofmyteachersintheuniversity’sEnglishasaSecondLanguageProgram,
who introduced me to the dos and don’ts of their native tongue. Stuart
Blumin, whom my family has come to call affectionately Doktorvater,
supported this project as a mentor who influenced the questions I asked
and the ways in which I went about answering them while finding time
to introduce me to many things American, from baseball to fly fishing.
StevenKaplan’senthusiasmandcriticalacumenaswellashisculinaryand
enological knowledge and most of all his willingness to combine all of
them were crucial to my American experience, thewriting of mydisser-
tation, and the continuation of my career back home in Europe. Larry
Moore’sintellectualvigorandempathymadehimanidealreaderandthis
abetterbook.DiscussionswithGlennAltschulerandDavidSabeansolved
questionspertainingtotimeconsciousnessandagriculturalpractices.Ref-
erenceandmanuscriptlibrariansattheOlinandMannLibrariesprovedto
beasdiligentandskillfulasaresearchercouldwishthemtobe.Intellectual
companionship and camaraderie with Bob Bussel, Clare Crowston, John
Fousek, Chris Heindl, Connie Kindig, Cynthia Koepp, Liz Milliken, Jim
Siekmeier, Sam Stoloff, CarlosVillamil, and Michael Wilson often grew
inseminarsbutweremostlysustainedanddevelopedincollegetownbars
and on hikes in upstate NewYork.
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