I would like to thank the people who contributed so much to this endeavor. I am especially grateful for the sagacious insight and unfailing support of Drs. Robert J. Maddox, Gary Gallagher, Dan Silverman and Robert Harkavy. They all read this work in its many drafts. Their suggestions and comments were unfailingly useful, and forced me to reconsider some points and to offer a more coherent conceptual structure. More than one error was averted through their arduous review and perspicacious observations. Despite such assistance, any lapses in fact or interpretation which remain are mine alone. In addition, I will forever be exceedingly indebted to The Pennsylvania State University History Department for granting me The Hill Fellowship in my dissertation year.
Dr. Frank Ninkovich of St. John's University deserves special recognition for his relentless efforts on my behalf. He has been a model scholar and an inspiration to my research. He taught me how to think and rethink, to envision and revise. He has been an exceptional mentor, active colleague, and good friend.
In the same spirit, I would also like to thank Dr. Martin J. Sklar of Bucknell University for helping me become a better teacher. His agile mind and mature convictions were an inspiration -- he is, to my mind, the living incarnation of the virtue "courage."