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Acknowledgments I am in the debt of many people whose labor, brilliance, and friendship have shaped this project. This book began in graduate school, where Ana Dopico was an inspiring teacher, a brilliant mentor, and a good friend. It was in her courses that I first encountered the critical histories of uneven development, dependency, and revolution that guide this book. Besides her fierce intelligence, her humor and generosity as a teacher and a critic have always stood out in a profession that rarely values these enough. When I first met Ana as a nervous prospective graduate student at NYU, she told me, warmly and reassuringly, “Well, it sounds like we’ll have a lot to talk about.” Happily, that has never ceased to be the case. Kristin Ross has pushed this book in new theoretical and geographic directions, and I have always been grateful for her spirit of solidarity, her humor, and her immense critical energy. Gerard Aching and Ada Ferrer have been rigorous and generous readers since this project was in its infancy, and I have found myself returning repeatedly to the lessons I learned (and many of the friends I learned them with) in Philip Brian Harper’s seminar on Marxist literary theory. I am grateful to many librarians and archivists who helped me during the years of primary research for this book, especially those at New York University’s Bobst Library, the Detroit Public Library, the New York Public Library, the Duke University Library, the University of Chicago library, the University of Florida Library, and the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). The AAS granted a Petersen Fellowship for research on its Latin American collections, and I am thankful for the help of many brilliant people there, especially Andrew Borque, Ashley Cataldo, Paul ­ Erickson, and Jaclyn Penny. Elizabeth Dunn and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University made available an unmatched treasure of “yellow press” newspapers in their original print xii Acknowledgments form. A travel grant from the University of Florida’s Latin American Studies Library facilitated research on the Cuba annexation movement. Finally, the American Council of Learned Societies supported this project with an Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This book reflects the arguments, criticisms, and insights of many friends and colleagues at NYU, Wayne State University, and beyond. My thanks especially to many friends who have read and critiqued drafts of what eventually became this book: Diego Benegas Loyo, Kate ­ Benward, RoosbelindaCárdenas,JenniferCayer,IpekCelik,SarikaChandra,­Maggie Clinton, Sasha Day, Jennifer Duffy, Jonathan Flatley, Nattie ­ Golubov, Greg Grandin, Miles Grier, Rob Jansen, Walter ­ Johnson, Bill Johnson González, Leigh Claire La Berge, Kathryne Lindberg, Aaron Love, Michael Palm, Hugo Pezzini, Elizabeth Reich, Naomi Schiller, Ramón Suárez, Quinn Slobodian, Smita Tripathi, and Dillon Vrana. Paul Kershaw and Tracy Neumann read many early drafts, and their critiques, encouragement, and friendship have been essential. The inimitable Jon Miller has been a great and inspiring friend during some difficult passages in and out of Detroit. Jordi Carbonell at Café con Leche in Southwest Detroit provided space, nourishment, and translation assistance. I am grateful to the anonymous readers whose feedback improved the book considerably. Finally, my deep thanks to Eric Brandt, Cathie ­ Brettschneider, and Anna Kariel at the University of Virginia Press for all of their expertise and hard work. Although I am often skeptical about some of the practices of solidarity I consider in this book, the desire for community and shared struggle across artificial boundaries, whether national, disciplinary, professional, or otherwise, is something very dear to me. It is through my own experience of this political desire, and with it my own misunderstandings and misplaced assumptions, that I became interested in Latin America in the first place. Solidarity was often on my mind as I began the work of this book, both as a research topic and a practice of being in the world and in the academy. In all these senses, I am particularly grateful to everyone who played a part in building the Graduate Student Organizing Committee and UAW Local 2110 over the years. Without them, graduate school would not have been possible nor nearly as rewarding. Lara Langer Cohen was present at this project’s inception and has believed in its worth when I often did not. The skepticism of her powerful intellect is matched by her capacious imagination and peerless generosity as a reader and critic. Her influence is on every page. I have learned more from my older brother...


Subject Headings

  • United States -- Relations -- Latin America.
  • Latin America -- Relations -- United States.
  • Latin America -- Foreign public opinion, American -- History.
  • Public opinion -- United States -- History.
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