All scholars depend on the assistance of many others. I am grateful to all those individuals and institutions who have enabled me to shape and complete this project. My first debt is to the many colleagues at the University of Arizona, past and present, who have created a stimulating intellectual community for me and have provided wonderful examples of innovative scholarship. In addition, my colleagues in the Teaching Workshop in Women's History at UCLA have pursued an impressive range of topics, many focused on gender and race, over three decades of annual meetings dedicated to the serious intellectual work of teaching generously nourished with laughter. Finally, my graduate students at the University of Arizona, particularly those in women's history, have taught me a great deal through the years and have deepened my understanding of gender, race, and power.
Many archivists contributed to the success of Little Rock. I owe a special debt to Linda Pine at Special Collections at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Andrea Cantrell and Michael Dabrishus at Special Collections at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and Jane Hooker at the Arkansas History Commission. In addition, archivists at the National Archives; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library; the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; and the University of California, Santa Barbara provided essential assistance.
Many participants in the events of this book were willing to spend time with me in oral history interviews. I am grateful to them for their trust in me and for their insights into the events they helped to form. It saddens me to know that so many of them have passed away while I took my time on this project. I am particularly grateful to Georg and Wilma Iggers and to Lee Lorch for their generous hospitality on my research trip to Buffalo and Toronto.