Men, Mobs, and Law began as a dissertation, and in the intervening years
I have managed to rack up many debts to friends, family, and colleagues.
My adviser, Paula Rabinowitz, helped me define the project from its
be­gin­ning in a seminar paper about Sacco and Vanzetti during my first
year in graduate school. The rest of my committee at the University of
Min­ne­sota—Maria Damon, Douglass Hartmann, and David Roediger— 
provided tremendous guidance throughout the research and writing,
and David Roediger continued to play a significant role in helping me
move from dissertation to book. The Professional Staff Congress of the
City University of New York’s winning of release time for junior faculty
made it possible for me to reduce my course load and spend more time
in the library during the spring and fall of 2005. I am also grateful to Ra-
phael Allen, who first took interest in the manuscript at Duke University
Press, and to Valerie Millholland and Mark Mastromarino, who oversaw its
completion. Peter Rachleff and anonymous readers for Duke helped me
to tighten the manuscript and improve the scholarship. The staff at the
Tamiment Library of New York University—particularly Evan Daniel,
Peter Filardo, Erica Gottfried, and Gayle Malmgreen—helped me con-
sistently over many years of research. Eugene Zapp and other librarians
at the Boston Public Library helped me work with the difficult Felicani
collection, and the staffs at the Harvard University Law Library, the Chi-
cago and Wisconsin historical societies, and the University of Minnesota’s
Immigration History Resource Center were also helpful. Many conversa-
tions with my friend Josephine Fowler, who was finishing her book on
Asian American communists, both motivated me to finish and informed
me about the cutting edge in research on the international left. Her death
from cancer in the summer of 2006 was a huge loss.
I have been lucky to have a mother, Iris Tillman Hill, who in addition
to being a dedicated mom is also a skilled editor with a deep interest in
American history. She read and made editorial suggestions for the first
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