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A C K N O W L E D G M E N . T S A FRIEND (AN HISTORIAN WHOSE NAME APPEARS BELOW) once warned me that "if the present tendency is not curbed we will all find ourselves reeling off fulsome acknowledgments for every paper clip we borrow during the course of preparing a manuscript ." I have been careful about paper clips ever since. Yet a great many people have lent information or advice which has helped strengthen and clarify this book, and since I am very grateful to them I shall quietly succumb to the present tendency. Thanks are owing to the Editor of the William and Mary Quarterly for permission to incorporate portions of two articles (cited in the footnotes) which I wrote several years ago. Parts of another, copyright 1962 by the Southern Historical Association, are reprinted by permission of the Managing Editor of the Journal of Southern History. The Note on the Concept of Race and several paragraphs in the text are reprinted by permission of the publishers from Samuel Stanhope Smith, An Essay on the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species, ed. Winthrop D. Jordan, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, Copyright, 1965, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Librarians in various parts of the country have generously proffered assistance; Jeannette D. Black and Thomas R. Adams of the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, and Sarah De Luca and Dorothy Day of the Brown University Library were especially helpful. I am also grateful to the various past and present members of the staff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture who did so much to forward completion of this long book: Patricia Blatt, Susan L. Foard, Jack P. Greene, Stephen G. Kurtz, Marise L. Rogge, Beverly Schell, James Morton Smith, Thad Tate, Robert J. Taylor, and the Institute's director, Lester J. Cappon. Many persons in the historical and medical professions have [xxxv] [XXXVI] A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S furnished me with information and good counsel. I should like to thank these friends especially (while being acutely conscious that I cannot name everyone to whom thanks are due) : Richard M. Brown, Robert Coles, David B. Davis, Emory G. Evans, Leon Golden, James B. Hedges, Sydney V. James, Benjamin E. Potter, Eugene M. Sirmans, Lawrence W. Towner, and Alfred Young. I want also to thank several students and non-students who helped me with research and with the mechanics of this book: Mary Rae Donaldson, Mimi Drain, Barbara Falcon, Judy Ryerson, Julia Selfman , Katherine E. Top, Ronald Walters, Virginia Warfield,Beverly Wellings, and especially Sharon Cabaniss and Stephen Thewlis (who helped do the index) and David Hollinger. And I am indebted to colleagues at several institutions who at various times read part or all of this study and gave me valuable suggestions: William W. Freehling, John Higham, William G. McLoughlin, Robert Middlekauff , George W. Stocking, Jr., and William B. Willcox. I am especially grateful to Donald Fleming, who at a crucial juncture during this undertaking did me the great favor of helping to readjust the level of my intellectual sights. The person to whom I am most indebted intellectually—as in many other very important, private ways—is my wife, who knows why and how fully this book is dedicated to her. ...


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