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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS After completing my Ph.D. in , I was invited to join the Polis Center at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, where the research and writing of this book occurred. The Polis Center gave me time and access to resources. I am truly grateful. The support of the center’s director, David Bodenhamer, was especially important to me as I began my career as a historian. Colleagues Etan Diamond, Art Farnsley, and Elfriede Wedam each contributed significantly to the book. Etan was always willing to listen to my ideas, and he carefully read and edited various chapters. Art challenged me to sharpen my arguments and think more broadly. Elfriede also read most chapters in addition to providing me many warm meals. Other members of the Polis Center who deserve mention include Kevin Armstrong, Vicky Cummings, David Licht, Dawn Parks, and David Vanderstel. Jan Shipps provided especially warm encouragement . Although this book was begun after I completed graduate school at Michigan State University, the support I received from professors Norman Pollack, David Bailey, and Lisa Fine gave me the skills and confidence to begin this new project. Norman Pollack, my dissertation advisor, always encouraged me to think not about the most recent historical fads but about the meaning of larger, timeless issues, including the meaning and practice of democracy. I hope that this book speaks successfully to those larger issues. Many institutions made this book possible. I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment, especially Craig Dykstra, for generously funding the Polis Center. The staffs at the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Library, the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the United Way, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Catholic University of America helped me identify and gain access to the sources used in the book. The staff at Indiana University Press, most notably Robert Sloan, deserves special thanks for ix x Acknowledgments helping this first-time author make her way through the publication process. I would also like to thank Drew Bryan, the copy editor. The support of family members is especially appreciated. My father, Lynn Mapes, always expressed interest in the book, and my mother, Dorothy Mapes, consistently aided me in good times and bad. The friendships I share with my sisters, Lynne Mapes-Riordan and Christine Mapes-Pearson, were a constant source of support. My nephews and nieces have been a sheer joy, forcing me to enjoy many of the sweeter things in life. Kathleen Mapes, my twin sister, who is also an American historian, has been both a best friend and a supportive critic. Since my first year in college she has read everything I have written, including this book, which she improved considerably with her insightful comments. Finally, I would like to thank my husband, Peter R. D’Agostino, also a fellow historian, who carefully edited the entire book. His patience, love, and support have made the completion of this book possible. A PUBLIC CHARITY ...


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