This book represents the work of many over a significant expanse of time, and
I can only begin to describe the debts. For different parts of this proj ect, I
relied on the support of Meriwether- Sattwa, Henry Mitchell McCracken,
Fulbright- Hays, Doris Quinn, Hawkinson, and Macmillan Center writing
and research fellowships. Support from the Frederick W. Hilles Fund of Yale
University facilitated production. I am grateful to the diligent (and patient)
interlibrary loan staff at Bobst Library, as well as the rest of its staff. In New
York University’s Department of History, sincere thanks to the administra-
tive staff, Karin Burrell, and King Juan Carlos Center’s employees. At the
library of the University of Connecticut at Stamford, I am very grateful to
Nancy Romanello, Phara Bayonne, and the student assistants. Rest in peace,
Nancy Comarella. At Yale’s library, I am grateful to David Gary for all of his
resourceful suggestions, camaraderie, and support. Dana Lee, Essie Lucky-
Barros, Denise Scott, Marcy Kaufman, Liza Joyner, and Lina Chan have been
invaluable. Thank you to Noelia Ruzzante and the Centro Cultural Eduardo
León Jimenes in Santo Domingo for figure 1.1 and to Bethany Wade for her
pivotal assistance. My sincere thanks to Annelieke Vries and Heather Rosen-
feld, who made beautiful maps, and to Santiago Castro Ventura for the cover
image. I am very grateful to the staff of Duke University Press, including Lydia
Rose Rappoport- Hankins, Liz Smith, and Susan Ecklund, and the careful eye
and encouragement of Gisela Fosado.
I feel so grateful and humbled to have had the chance to learn over the last
de cade from Ada Ferrer, whose brilliance, guidance, and scholarship are a
constant inspiration. I feel deep gratitude to Michael Gomez for his training,
innumerable insights, engagement, and support. Sinclair Thomson, Barbara
Weinstein, and Sibylle Fischer also have been incredibly generous and have
led with the example of their own proj ects and commitments. The warmest
Acknowl edgments
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