I am indebted to the many helpful professionals who populate the archives and historical collections used in this work. I am especially grateful for the assistance provided by the staffs of the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Special thanks goes to Barbara Kegerreis in Kutztown University's Rohrbach Library who provided me with a great deal of assistance in the pursuit of primary source collections. I must also recognize Dr. John Delaney, a friend and colleague, who provided the early stages of this manuscript with an important and necessary degree of focus.
Last, I offer my sincere gratitude to my wife Rachel. Throughout the hectic years that I worked on this project, she was a constant source of encouragement. There is no question that her insight and skepticism served this manuscript extremely well in the early draft stages. Her quick reflexes were also instrumental in keeping my laptop computer out of the clutches of our young toddler Michael.