Writing this book has taken a decade. During this time and beyond, I was, and I am, fortunate enough to rely on the practical and moral support and valuable advice of many people.
I am very grateful for the generous financial support of the Graduate School of North American Studies of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, which has made this research possible, and I am equally thankful for the vibrant intellectual exchange with and, at times, tough questions from many colleagues. I would like to especially thank my dissertation advisers, M. Michaela Hampf and George Lewis, for their support, insight, and humor throughout this journey. Many thanks to the other members of my dissertation committee, Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Ulrike Schaper, and to David Bosold, Gabriele Bodmeier, and Andreas Etges. The archivists and librarians at various institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. have been extraordinarily generous to me with their time and their expertise—thank you. I am also thankful for the time and the astute research advice of scholars who happily conversed with an obscure early career researcher from Germany: Valinda Littlefield, Daniel C. Littlefield, and Connie Schulz, who graciously opened their homes to me, John Kirk, John White, Jacquelyn Dowd-Hall, Phoebe Godfrey, Karen Anderson, and Bryant Simon. I am grateful for the University of Georgia Press’s team, particularly James Patrick Allen, Nathaniel Holly, and Walter Biggins who have been kind and patient in their support for this publication, and to MJ Devaney for her incisive editing. I have discussed this project and many more of life’s conundrums at workshops, on coffee breaks, at kitchen tables, on subway cars, in emails, and on walks by the Paul-Lincke-Ufer in Berlin with colleagues and friends who have lent an open ear and gave empathetic guidance. I appreciate you, Ahu Tanrisever, Stefanie Rauch, Natalia Klimina-Schultz, Sonja Longolius, Dorothee Booth, Peter Hartig, Eva Bischoff, Barbara Lüthi, Tiffany Florvil, David Prior, Marieke Schippert, Anita Röder, Heidi Renée Lewis, Kimberly Singletary, Anke Ortlepp, Norbert Finzsch, Claire Litchfield, Rebecca Williams, Teresa Kerntopf, Tabea Koch, Katrin Gorogranz, Florian Gröhl, Ruth Steinhof, Florian Plum, Silke Hackenesch, Kristoff Kerl, Katharina Kloock, and the M team. Finally, my biggest thanks of all is to my family: Gudrun Schwarz-Brückmann, Wilfried Schwarz, Barbara Brückmann, and Bernhard Brückmann.