This book would not have been possiblewithout the support and guid-
of California at Berkeley. During the past three decades, Troy Duster,
my dissertation chair, almost single-handedly kept antiracist scholar-
space for me to pursue this project. I am also thankful to Troy for both
his insightful feedback on earlier drafts of this manuscript and the let-
Program award to finance the bulk of the research.
I am especially indebted to Russell Thornton for having been one of
a handful of sociologists in the United States who made Indians a valid
of Racial Revolutions, never wavered in his enthusiasm for this project,
tion of a Social Science Research Council Predissertation Fellowship,
which allowed me to conduct preliminary research for this manuscript
in 1992.
Despite his numerous obligations, Pedro Antonio Noguera always
gestions on various drafts of this manuscript, or have me over to his
home for dinner and family celebrations. His commitment to bridging
in this book. Gerald Vizenor, a professor in Native American studies,
gave me a healthy irreverence for the social sciences as well as a deeper
appreciation for the significance of irony, humor, and a good story. I
think anyone familiar with his scholarship will quickly notice the im-
portant influence he has had on RacialRevolutions.
In 1989, I had the good fortune to meet Brackette Williams when
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