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ix ACk n oW l e D G M en t s i t is impossible to conduct a project of this magnitude without incurring numerous debts along the way. This book represents both the culmination of many years of study and the fulfillment of a lifelong goal to contribute in my own way to the history of the African diaspora and the role migration continues to play in redefining its parameters. I first became interested in history as a profession at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, where under the guidance of the many professors in the history department my interests in colonialism, migration, nationalism, Latin America, and the Caribbean were given the intellectual space to develop. This project was first conceived in graduate seminars at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Selwyn H. H. Carrington and Vincent Peloso alerted me to the dearth of scholarship on the Caribbean and Latin America. Through their distinct approaches to the region, each encouraged me to see the historical and cultural interconnectedness of the two regions and the ways in which immigration and migration influenced social, political, economic, and cultural developments. Alan McPherson challenged me to broaden my trajectory and to view Honduras within the context of U.S. foreign policy debates by looking at the role U.S. corporations and their political influence played in the movement of peoples in the region. While working as his graduate assistant, I was introduced to various research methodologies that proved essential in facilitating a project on which there was so little written. The skills acquired while working as his assistant have served me well not only with this project, but also in the historical profession. Special thanks are in order as well to x ACknoWleDGMents Emory Tolbert, Edna Medford, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Daryl Scott, Ibrahim Sundiata, Orlando Taylor, Barbara Griffin, David DeLeon, Franklin Knight, and all who assisted me through the various stages of this project. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the countless librarians, archivists, and staff at the numerous research libraries and facilities in the Washington, D.C., metro area. I am indebted to Georgette Dorn at the Library of Congress and her staff for awarding me a research fellowship in the Hispanic Division in 2004. The fellowship afforded me the opportunity to survey the holdings of the library related to this topic as well as provided a forum to engage prominent international scholars in the field, most notably those from Honduras. Some of my first contacts in Honduras were forged during this period. While working in the Library of Congress , I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Mario Argueta, Olga Joya, and Darío Euraque, all of whom provided insight into Honduran history and the location of pertinent archival materials in Tegucigalpa and on the North Coast. Prior to my arrival in Honduras to conduct the bulk of the research for the book, Darío Euraque of Trinity College assisted me with vital introductions to Honduran scholars. I am most indebted to him for granting me access to his personal archival materials that were no longer available in Honduras and were instrumental to understanding the economic and cultural dynamics on the North Coast. The archivists and staff at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland, as well as librarians at Howard University , Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, College Park, and George Washington University assisted with locating numerous microfilmed government records as well as pertinent books and newspapers. I am grateful for their unyielding patience and expertise. This project necessitated extensive archival research in the United Kingdom and Honduras. No project of this scale could be conducted without considerable external financial support. The history department at Howard University generously provided me with graduate assistantships throughout my M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Field research in Honduras was financed through a Fulbright fellowship during the 2004–2005 academic year. The Fulbright provided the opportunity to devote all of my attention to the project without financial distress, a luxury that cannot be taken for granted in the humanities. While in Honduras, Karla Fiallos de Castañeda, Reverend Albert Brooks, Edwardo Hendricks James, ACknoWleDGMents xi Rand Garo, German Alvarez, Cruz Bermudez, Gilberto Bermudez, Jorge Amaya, Alma Nuñez, Roberto Nuñez, Wendy Griffin, German Chavez, Martin Lambert, and countless others assisted with navigating the logistics of Honduran society on the North Coast and Tegucigalpa and challenged me to be true...


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