Completion of a scholarly work represents the singular work of the author. Nevertheless, without the assistance from numerous individuals, a study of this scope would be impossible to complete. I therefore take this opportunity to express my most sincere appreciation for their support.
A very special note of appreciation is extended to my mentor, Chuck Snyder, who provided invaluable assistance and encouragement. His insight and intellectual contributions, as well as personal example and friendship, have contributed greatly to my intellectual growth and development. I am also greatly indebted to Ernest K. Alix, Howard Allen, Tom Burger, and Jerry Gaston for their support and thoughtful contributions and criticisms. I would also like to thank Phil Perricone, my department chairman, and Tom Mullen, Dean of the College at Wake Forest University, for providing the encouragement and assistance which made completion of this book possible.
Many libraries and historical societies helped along the way. I would like to pay special thanks to Carline B. Stottlar and Doug Carlson of the Illinois Historical Survey at the University of Illinois Library in Champaign-Urbana, Peggy R. Turner of the Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records and Jennifer Bosley of the Colorado History Museum, who offered much needed assistance and put up with numerous requests and beleaguering questions. I am also grateful for the cooperation given by the staffs at the Chicago Historical Society, the Colorado Historical Society, the University of Illinois Archives, the