Many people have given me encouragement and help in connection
with my work on the Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
Although they have provided help and encouragement, they cannot
be held responsible for ideas contained or mistakes made. One of the
gifts of the best teachers is to encourage students to pursue their own
ideas. The teacher deserves much of the credit, but he or she deserves
none of the blame. Similarly, those reviewing a long and complex
project may help the writer avoid some mistakes. To help a writer
avoid all would require an undertaking equivalent to that which pro-
duced the manuscript.
For encouragement in pursuing my work on the Fourteenth
Amendment I want to thank particularly Professors Leonard Levy
(whose encouragement has been constant and crucial), William Van
Alstyne, Louis Lusky, and Henry
Abraham. The Frances Lewis
Law Center at Washington and Lee University has a lawyer-in-resi-
dence program where I spent a month working on the book. For
the help and support of people at Washington and Lee I am par-
ticularly grateful.
Professors Roger Groot, L. H. LaRue, and Brian Murchison at
Washington and Lee all read large portions of the manuscript and
helped me to improve it. An anonymous person read and reread the
manuscript for Duke University Press with meticulous care and made
many suggestions, large and small, which substantially improved the
quality of what I had written. My law partners Michael Okun and
Davison Douglas and Martha Johnston and my wife Deborah Maury
also read much of the manuscript and made helpful suggestions. My
brother Tom Curtis, a gifted writer and editor, did much to improve
the book's style. Professor Robert Kaczorowski read chapter 6 and made
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