A number of people and institutions helped me complete this book. Thanks to Eric Zinner at New York University Press; Shelley Streeby and the other anonymous reader who offered suggestions; and the series editors, David Kazanjian, Elizabeth McHenry, and Priscilla Wald, with special thanks to Priscilla for believing in my work. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Texas provided travel expenses and financial support. Many librarians helped with this project along the way, including staff at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library, the British Columbia Archives at the Royal BC Museum, the Oregon State Supreme Court Library, and Special Collections at the University of Calgary, Washington State University, and Fisk University; the incredibly resourceful interlibrary loan office of the University of Minnesota–Morris; and the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center and wonderful library system.
Colleagues at the University of Minnesota–Morris were influential in the early stages of conceptualizing this manuscript; thanks to Roland Guyotte for team-teaching an interdisciplinary course on the Spanish American War with me, and to Brad Deane for so many smart insights on Kipling, literature, and empire. Colleagues at the University of Texas read drafts and provided crucial feedback during the later stages; thanks especially to Phil Barrish, Coleman Hutchison, John Gonzales, Martin Kevorkian, Evan Carton, Ann Cvetkovich, José Limón, the American Literature Interest Group, and the Women and Gender Studies New Faculty Colloquium. Heather Gardner, Kathryn Hamilton, and Tekla Schell provided research support, and students at both institutions helped by providing new perspectives on texts that I discuss here. I’ve also benefited from John Cullen Gruesser sharing my enthusiasm for recovering Steward’s writing. Thanks to Julia Lee and Argie Manolis for personal support (p.viii) and friendship, and to Rich Heyman for being there through it all: my personal geographer, proofreader, and best friend, he has truly been a partner in this endeavor.