As much as any other work I have written, this book builds on research and writing that I have done in connection with earlier books, articles, and essays that I have written, a few of which are cited on the copyright acknowledgments page. During my years of research on the constitutional amending process, I have accumulated numerous debts to teachers, colleagues, editors, and others who have stimulated and refined my thinking. I have acknowledged many of these individuals by name in previous works.
Again, I owe special thanks to the Research Committee at Middle Tennessee State University which awarded me a grant during which I was able to make some headway on this and other projects. More generally, I owe thanks to the supportive administrators, colleagues, and students at this institution who have encouraged me in my work. Our interlibrary loan librarians, Betty McFall and Peggy Colflesh, have been especially helpful in locating obscure journal articles and helping me to track down articles listed in the latest issues of the Index to Legal Periodicals. My wife Linda and my daughters Virginia and Rebekah have again made the usual sacrifices necessitated by a husband and father whose scholarly obsessions have often left them with special burdens which they have cheerfully shouldered. My friends and the members of the MTSU Political Science Department, too, have allowed me the leisure to pursue my thoughts and have patiently endured my explanations of obscure points of law. I also wish to thank my helpful editors at Praeger, James Dunton, Richard Sillett, and Clare Wulker.
I dedicate this book to a special uncle and aunt who, while serving much of their lives as missionaries to Zaire, have also been especially generous to and supportive of my family and me.