A t the end of the protracted labor associated with the writing of this book, it seems appropriate to look back and thank the many individuals who have assisted me along the way.
All historians are dependent on archivists and librarians. This project relied heavily on the essential preparatory work done by archivists, particularly those located at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and at a number of state archives. They were extremely prompt in responding to my inquiries from Australia and helpful in providing me with access to the appropriate records on my various research trips. I gratefully acknowledge that assistance. Without their patient labors, historical scholarship would wither.
The librarians in the Borchardt Library at La Trobe University, particularly those associated with the Inter-Library Loan Service, deserve special mention. Their ability to locate obscure references and to get them to La Trobe via the Inter-Library Loan Service system was of wonderful assistance to me throughout the research.
I am particularly grateful to the Australian Research Council for funding a number of trips to the United States that enabled me to do the basic archival research for this project. La Trobe University also afforded me generous leave and research support for this project. Without such assistance, this kind of scholarly project would be impossible.
I consider myself fortunate to be a member of the School of History at La Trobe University. Over the past twenty-five years, the school has provided a stimulating intellectual and collegial environment. I would particularly like to acknowledge the support and friendship of my colleague