This study is the result of six years of research into the history and activitie s of the National German-American Alliance. It is impossible to list, and thank, everyone who contributed to this project. Without their help it would never have reached this stage.
There are, however, some individuals and organizations who must be singled out for special thanks. First is my advisor and mentor Dr. Ross Gregory who worked with me during the first five years of this project, offering constructive criticism as well as much needed intellectual and moral support. I would also like to thank Dr. Manfred Berg, Dr. Donald Fixico, Dr. Ernst Breisach and Dr. John Houdek who critiqued earlier versions of the work. My gratitude also goes to Dr. Don Tolzmann who read the manuscript and brought it to the at tention of Peter Lang Publishers. To my friend and colleague at Valdosta State University, Dr. David Williams I express my thanks for helping to edit the final draft of the book.
I would be remiss if I did not thank the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. and Western Michigan University. Both provided fellowships that enabled me to travel and do research for this project. I would also like to thank the staffs at the library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the New York Public Librar y and the Joseph Horner Memorial Librar y of the German Society of Pennsylvania for their assistance during the research phase of the project.
Finally, I would like to thank my wife, Dr. Susan Eischeid. She not only helped edit the final draft of the manuscript, but provided me with the hear tfelt love and support without which this book would never have been completed. It is to her that I owe my deepest gratitude.
Charles T. Johnson