I am deeply indebted to a number of people for helping me to finish the present work in a timely fashion. My first and greatest debt is to my parents, who, through their examples, demonstrated the immeasurable value of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, truly, there can be no law. I owe an immeasurable debt to my teachers: Chris Cook, Peter Lawler, Elizabeth Blettner, Christine Kalkavage and David Nichols. Several scholars have also helped me along the way with their written work: Herbert Hovenkamp, Keith Whittington, Howard Gillman, Mark Graber, Mel Urofsky, Richard Hofstadter, and Rogers Smith. The original manuscript benefitted from the careful attention and thoughtful suggestions of David Nichols, Jerold Waltman, David Smith, David Clinton and Jim Curry. The final manuscript was substantially revised in response to the suggestions and queries of Mel Urofsky. At every stage of revision, your comments have only helped to improve what must perhaps always be an incomplete and imperfect manuscript; any deficiencies which remain are present through no lack of effort on your parts. In the final hour, Gwyn Ellsworth proved an invaluable assistant in preparing the document for press. Finally, I must thank my wife Katie, for her admirable patience and for the innumerable opportunities forgone so that I might see my way through to the end of this project in good time.