A number of organizations and individuals have facilitated the completion of this study through their support, both financial and intellectual. I am grateful to the Fulbright Commission, Columbia University, the Colgate University Research Council, and the Kalamazoo College Faculty Development Committee for grants to pursue my research in France and prepare the manuscript for publication. The following libraries have helped in tracking down the source material for this study: the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; the Bibliothèque Municipale and the Bibliothèque Universitaire in Lyon, France; Columbia University; Colgate University and Kalamazoo College. I have also used the Wallace Collection at the American Embassy in Paris, which contains a number of French travel reports on the United States.
At an early stage, this study was read and criticized by Professors Richard Hofstadter, Orest Ranum, Henry Graff, Mark Kesselmann, and Serge Gavronsky. I have benefited from their advice. Parts of the present manuscript have been read by Professors Simon Copans, Simon Jeune, Denise Artaud, and Howard Mumford Jones. Their suggestions have been most helpful. Numerous conversations with Kalamazoo faculty colleagues David Barclay, Robert Stauffer, and David Collins, who share my interest in cross-national studies, have sharpened my grasp of a difficult subject. I am especially grateful to Paul Gagnon and Durand Echeverria, two specialists in the field of Franco-American relations, whose careful scrutiny of the manuscript has helped me to avoid some of the pitfalls of studying images. It goes without saying that I bear the exclusive responsibility for the judgments which appear in this work.