It is a pleasant duty to recognize the many debts that I have accumulated in the process of writing this book. Several generous financial grants facilitated the completion of the first stage of this project, a dissertation in the History of American Civilization program at Harvard University. I benefited from a Louisville Institute Dissertation Completion Fellowship; Packard Fellowship; Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals Hymnody Project Grant; Harvard Graduate Student Council Travel Grant; American Antiquarian Society Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Research Fellowship; Harvard Graduate Society Research Fellowship and Travel Grant; Sarah Bradley Gamble Fellowship; Mazur Fellowship; and Lilly Endowment Fellowship. Mellon Faculty Development Grants and a subvention from Saint Louis University have aided manuscript revisions and illustration procurement and production.
The thoughtful assistance of library staff at a number of institutions has proven invaluable. I warmly thank the librarians at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts; American Baptist Historical Society, Rochester, New York; Library Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Gebbie Archives and Special Collections, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; Oral Roberts University Library, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Vanderbilt University Library, Nashville, Tennessee; Saint Louis University Library, St. Louis, Missouri; Washington University Library, St. Louis, Missouri; Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Andover Newton Theological Library, Newton, Massachusetts; Boston University Library, Boston, Massachusetts; Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts; and Harvard University libraries in Cambridge, Massachusetts: Andover-Harvard Theological, Houghton, Schlesinger, Widener, Lamont, and Hilles.
Several individuals graciously commented on a version of the entire manuscript: Lawrence Buell, Ann Braude, Paul Gutjahr, Matthew Mancini, Doug Kasischke, and Ronald Norricks. As readers for the University of