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Acknowledgments xi This book is the culmination of many years of research and writing. While I entered doctoral studies relatively late in life (in my midforties), I had always been acutely interested in the methods by which politically marginalized people claim political power. As a child of the sixties and seventies, I observed with interest as African Americans, women, and the LGBTQ (lesbian , gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community pursued equality in the face of oppression. My concurrent interest in late-­nineteenth-­and early-­ twentieth-­century America and the development of the Midwest, combined with the ever-­ present reminders of a rich historical tradition in Kansas City and its environs, led inexorably, or so it seems, to my study of women’s activism in the community and within the national context. Living with three exemplars of feminist thinking—­ my wife, Janeé, and my daughters, Margaret and Amelia—­ made this line of inquiry all the more relevant. Because the scholarly enterprise is a communal one, I am delighted to thank the many people who have provided assistance along the way. First, I would like to thank Max Skidmore for approving my study of women’s activism as my dissertation topic and for providing insightful guidance and encouragement along the way. His enthusiasm for the American political development school inspired my own as a productive means to integrate political science and history. I am deeply indebted to Diane Mutti Burke for her diligent assistance and encouragement and for opening opportunities to me that greatly assisted in the development of my research and growth as a historian, including the suggestion to present papers at the Missouri Conference on History and the 2016 Wide-­ Open Town symposium. This exposure to the norms and folkways of the history profession and to leading practitioners in the field reignited my enthusiasm and commitment to bring this project to fruition. The course work I took with Louis Potts, Andrew Bergerson, and Gary Ebersole each added in important ways to my understanding of the discipline. xii Acknowledgments Without archives, libraries, and their skilled staffs, research would not be possible. Working on regional history provided the opportunity to work with the dedicated and knowledgeable archivists and librarians at the Missouri Valley Room of the Kansas City Public Library, the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, and the LaBudde Special Collections at the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Finally, I would like to thank my family for their support throughout this project. My daughters, Margaret Hanzlick-­ Burton and Amelia Hanzlick Ahluwalia, most likely cannot remember a time when I was not working on it. They were both in elementary school when I entered the doctoral program. Today, they are both married to wonderful husbands, Camden Hanzlick-­ Burton and Armaan Ahluwalia. My wife, Janeé, has been an invaluable support and source of encouragement throughout the process. She bears witness to the maxim that scholarship is a jealous mistress. I hope that my daughters and other young women and men will find inspiration in the examples of tenacity and courage that the women described in this work provide. The glass ceiling will break. Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality ...


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