Over the years that I spent researching and writing this book, I have ac-
cumulated debts of every sort to research institutions, mentors, family, col-
leagues, and friends. Here, I hope to distract my creditors from the fact that I
have little hope of ever repaying them.
This project enjoyed support from a Henry Hart Rice Fellowship (Yale
Center for International and Area Studies), an International Pre-Dissertation
Fellowship (Social Science Research Council), a Fulbright-García Robles
Fellowship, a Mrs. Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humani-
ties, a Junior/Senior/General Faculty Research Award (California State
University, Fullerton), and a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship
(University of Texas, Austin). Duke University also provided course relief
during my first year to allow me to revise my manuscript. In Mexico, El
Colegio de México and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores
de Antropología Social (ciesas) provided crucial institutional support.
Throughout my research, I relied on the tireless work of librarians and
archivists. In particular, I thank Carlos Castañón Cuadros at the Instituto
Municipal de Documentación, Torreón; Sergio Antonio Corona Páez at the
Archivo Histórico of the Universidad Iberoamericana, Torreón; and Piedad
Peniche at the Archivo General del Estado de Yucatán. Also, Citlali Rieder
generously shared with me the unsorted papers of her grandmother Concha
Michel. Alejandra García Quintanilla o√ered indispensable guidance about
Yucatecan women’s history. Working in many di√erent archives and libraries
also allowed me to develop enduring friendships with like-minded scholars.
For their diversion, inspiration, and generosity, I am grateful to Chris Boyer,
Sarah Buck, Karen Caplan, John Crider, Alec Dawson, Susan Gauss, Dan
LaBotz, Stephanie Bryant Mitchell, and Sasha Schell. Daniela Spenser has
been a friend, mentor, and colleague both in Mexico and in the United
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