After the long process of researching and writing this book, I am honored to have the opportunity to thank the many people who made this project possible. This is the part of the book I have long wanted to write.
First, I would like to thank the history department at the University of Virginia for its generous financial support of my graduate education in general and of this project as both a dissertation and a manuscript. Chuck McCurdy, as chair of the department, provided me with research and travel support at critical moments, for which I am truly grateful. Duke University, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, and the Virginia Historical Society also provided grants for research in their collections. A fellowship from the Miller Center of Public Affairs allowed me to focus an entire year on finishing my dissertation, with the added luxuries of an office and a wonderful community of scholars in the Fellowship Program.
While conducting the research for this project, I relied on the talent and assistance of countless archivists and librarians. I owe a special debt of gratitude to the archivist at Delta State University and to the helpful staff of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Lew Purifoy and the InterLibrary Loan staff at the University of Virginia's Alderman Library have been spectacularly helpful, persistently tracking down the obscure sources that I requested and, more than once, mailing them to me when I was on the road. Staff in the Geostat Lab showed extreme patience as they taught me how to code old electoral data, use SPSS, and make maps that pulled it all together. Two outstanding undergraduates, Kate Baylor and Anna KromeLukens, provided thorough research assistance.
At the University of Virginia, the Southern Seminar, the Twentieth Century Seminar, and the Miller Center of Public Affairs offered forums for me to share draft chapters of this project. The suggestions that were offered by scholars there encouraged me to improve the manuscript in ways that I would not have and saved me from many mistakes that I otherwise would have made. Skeptical audiences and generous co-panelists at meetings of the Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Social Science History Association, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and the Southern Association for Women Historians all helped to refine my arguments and bolster my evidence. I am especially grateful to Liette Gid-