NO AUTHOR CAN claim solitary credit for a book. It is, therefore, important to acknowledge some of those who have been a part of the "group effort."
First on my list is the Kent State University Press. Beginning with director John T. Hubbell, the personnel of this Press has been a source of great helpfulness and support throughout the various stages of publication.
A special thanks is due to Professors Thomas Reed Turner and Ronald Rietveld, who read the manuscript and offered suggestions for its improvement. They, of course, bear no responsibilities for errors or weaknesses that may exist in the book.
During the time when the preparation of this work was in progress, I submitted portions and ideas from it to the American Baptist Quarterly and the Lincoln Herald. I am grateful to both journals for their suggestions and publication of articles related to this subject.
The staff of Milner Library at Illinois State University which has been so helpful to me on other projects, offered the same untiring service in the preparation of this book. I particularly want to thank Laura Gowdy in Special Collections and Carol Ruyle and Sharon Wetzel in Interlibrary Loans.
Finally, a big thank you to Sharon Hagan Foiles who typed the original manuscript and its various revisions. It is such a pleasure to work with Sharon; her competency is only surpassed by the delightful person that she is.