a c k n o w l e d g m e n t s
I am grateful to Cathy N. Davidson and Priscilla Wald, who both
encouraged me to pursue my interests in The Crux and provided
me with helpful tips on how to do so. I am also indebted to Ken
Wissoker for his support and editorial guidance, and to the anony-
mous readers of Duke University Press for their insightful sugges-
tions for contextualizing The Crux in various American political,
cultural, and literary histories. For more than savvy readings of multi-
ple drafts of this introduction and for thoughtful and thought provok-
ing discussions about the subject, I thank Cannon Schmitt.
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