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xviii Acknowledgments death penalty and how our national ancestors argued about it and the underlying questions of crime, violence, and punishment. That was eleven years ago, and so I am relieved to finally see this first volume of Executing Democracy into print (volume 2 is forthcoming next year). During the eleven years that it took to complete these volumes, I had the good fortune of spending considerable time in some of the nation’s premier historical archives and libraries, including the New York Public Library, the Morgan Library and Museum (New York City), and the New York Historical Society; the Special Collections and University Archives of the Alexander Library, Rutgers University, and the New Jersey State Archives (Trenton); the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester), the Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston), the Boston Athenaeum, and the Special Collections Library of the Harvard Law School; the Newberry Library (Chicago), and the Rare Book and Special Collections Library of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). At each of these marvelous institutions, my work was aided by resourceful and generally cheerful librarians who helped track down rare broadsheets, long-forgotten diaries, dog-eared treatises and chapbooks, dust-covered tomes, leather-bound magazine collections, and the always dreaded rolls of microfilm and those little informationpacked plastic cards known as micro-sheaf. I hope the many librarians with whom I worked recognize in these pages their own love of archival stewardship and the thrill of intellectual discovery. My adventures at these institutions were made possible during the summer of 2000 by a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend; my work at them in the summer of 2001 was facilitated by a Humanities Release Time Grant from the University of Illinois’ Scholars Research Board; and my research at them in the summer of 2002 was made possible, in part, by the generosity of Professors E. Ann Kaplan and Marty Hoffmann, who offered their apartment in New York City’s Village to me and their daughter, Brett Kaplan, hence enabling us to spend each week of the summer doing research in the capital of the world, and each weekend traveling up and down the eastern seaboard. Whenever I was working at sites in New Jersey, I did so with the added joy of ending the day by cooking dinners with my mother and then discussing the day’s work with her and my father—I continue to marvel at their grace and continue to be pushed by their insightful comments on my work. When researching at sites in Massachusetts, I did so while crashing at night in Acknowledgments xix the gorgeous home of Stellio Sinnis and Brigitte Duffy, dear friends, strong runners, and powerhouse lawyers who always made venturing northwards a joyous occasion. Writing up my notes from these three summers’ archival research was facilitated in 2002–2003 by a departmental research leave, in 2003–2004 by my appointment as a Research Fellow of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and in 2005–2006 by a similar appointment from the University of Illinois’s Mellon Faculty Fellows Program. Research assistance was provided during the early stages of this project by Donovan Conley, who has since become an assistant (and soon to be associate) professor of communication at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and by Gregory Goodale, who has since become an assistant professor of communication at Northeastern University. Two of my other former advisees, Jennifer Mercieca, now an associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University, and Jeremy Engels, now an assistant professor of communication at the Pennsylvania State University, read early drafts, offered helpful commentary, and shared many pizzas and pitchers of beer at Jupiter’s, where many of the ideas in this book were first tested in heady conversations. Daniel Larson also provided a summer’s worth of excellent research assistance; along with joining me as a coauthor on some essays about the death penalty in contemporary America, I anticipate his completing his dissertation soon and becoming a formidable scholar in his own right. Since those days in Illinois and New York City, I have relocated to the University of Colorado, Denver, where this project was finally shepherded toward completion; the gorgeous woodcut by Rosemary Feit Covey that adorns the cover of this book was made possible, for example, by the generous support of the UCD Center for Faculty Development and the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Lauren Archer drafted the bibliography, and her...


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