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Acknowledgments This project started nearly ten years ago when I stumbled onto the topic of Garveyism for a seminar paper. For a while I set Garveyism aside and returned to my original dissertation plans. But Garveyism crept back in. Before long it occupied my thoughts. I owe a great debt to the ingenious architects ,familiar and unfamiliar,who developed a politics of such enduring importance and fascination. Writing about them has been a great privilege and a (mostly) joyful endeavor. In the process of developing this book I have made many friends and accumulated many debts. I owe great thanks to my dissertation committee members, each of whom inspired me in different and complementary ways. Vincent Brown introduced me to the intricacies and possibilities of African diaspora scholarship. His support for my project, especially at its early stages, was a huge source of encouragement. His continued friendship and guidance has been invaluable. Caroline Elkins inspired me to extend my historical gaze to Africa, and helped me realize that I wanted to spend as much time there as possible. Her passion—­ in the classroom, in her work, and on behalf of Africa—­ has been a constant source of inspiration. Special thanks are owed to my advisor, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, who has remained a persistent advocate of both me and my work. I will never be able to adequately thank her for her feedback, patience, and wisdom during my years in Cambridge, and I will never forget it. Several teachers are responsible for illuminating my path. I might not have fallen in love with history if not for Ivana Hrabek. It was in Judy Tinning ’s classroom that I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which introduced me to the enduring power and importance of the African American freedom struggle. At Queen’s University I received early inspiration and mentoring from James Carson. At the University of South Carolina I was guided by Ronald Atkinson, Dan Carter, Bobby Donaldson, and Patricia Sullivan.During the course of completing my dissertation,I was offered key encouragement and support from Steven Hahn and James Kloppenberg. This project has been nurtured, in ways direct and indirect, by overlapping communities of conversation and support. I have learned a lot from friends who have steered well clear of academia. Special thanks to Tiffany Barker,Galit Davies,Jon Davies,Brooks Fallis,Kaston Leung,James McDonald , Trieu Nguyen, Kirk Roth, Eric Shields, Kevin Stedmann, Lee Waxberg, and Mark Woods. At Harvard particular thanks are owed to Sana Aiyar, Daniel Barber, Chris Jones, Betsy More, Harmony O’Rourke, Courtney Podraza ,Nico Slate,Tryg Throntveit,Benjamin Weber,and Ann Marie Wilson. At Johns Hopkins I am very grateful to Angus Burgin, Nathan Connolly, x • Acknowledgments Pier Larson, Tobie Meyer-Fong, Rani Neutill, Josh Walden, and to the participants of the African History seminar, the Center for Africana Studies’ Critical Thought Collective,and the Mellon seminar.A special debt of gratitude is owed to the remarkable Gabrielle Spiegel,who has read much of this project, and who continues to offer encouragement, advice, and bottomless support. In my brief time at Vanderbilt I have been welcomed with open arms by several outstanding scholars and generous friends, including Dennis Dickerson, Jim Epstein, Gary Gerstle, Peter Hudson, Paul Kramer, Jane Landers, Tiffany Patterson, Dan Usner, and Juliet Wagner. I feel very fortunate to be a member of the unofficial Garvey studies club. My work has been shaped—and improved—by conversations with Keisha Blain, Tshepo Chéry, Dan Dalrymple, Natanya Duncan, Reena Goldthree, Claudrena Harold, Asia Leeds, Rupert Lewis Erik McDuffie, Mary Rolinson ,Jarod Roll,James Spady,and Robert Vinson.Steven Hahn helped bring many of these people together for a conference on Garveyism during the early stages of my project and has provided great support ever since. The Marcus Garvey Papers Project, spearheaded by Robert A. Hill, has made writing the global history of Garveyism possible. This book would not exist without Bobby’s herculean efforts, and it would not be as good without his generosity, and his willingness to share with me his remarkable stores of accumulated knowledge. This book would also not exist without the support of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Marcus Garvey Foundation, each of which provided key funding. Research was made possible by grants from the Charles Warren Center, the History Department, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. It was completed with the help of the brilliant and hard-working staffs of my...


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