I wish to express my appreciation to various members of the Greenwood Press staff who have been so helpful and encouraging in the publication of this book. First, there is Pamela St. Clair, acquisitions editor, with whom I began correspondence on this work, and who throughout production has always been gracious, courteous and prompt in answering the many queries I have posed to her. To Nicholas Kosar goes much of the credit for the formatting and the appearance of the book.
Dr. Halford Ryan, one of the co-editors of the Great American Orator Series, made several suggestions after reading the original manuscript. This is a better book because of his suggestions. Of course, he shares no responsibility for any weaknesses this volume may have.
I am greatly indebted to Dr. Mark Noll, professor of history at Wheaton College, for writing the foreword for this volume. He truly understands the importance of Theodore Parker in our nation's history.
Finally, and most importantly, there is Sharon Hagan Foiles. Since 199 1, I have had the good fortune to experience the publication of five books. This would not have been accomplished without Sharon's help. Her technological skills are what makes my manuscripts look good. She has always rendered this aid with a kindly spirit without making me feel like the technological idiot that I really am. I am greatly indebted to her, and as a small way of expressing my appreciation, this book is dedicated to her.