Writing this acknowledgment makes me realize once again that I have indeed been very blessed. At the University of Alabama I am indebted to George Rable, who with patience and encouragement read many drafts of this book, as did Larry Kohl, who offered sage advice and never minced words when he saw I was headed down the wrong road. I count them as mentors and friends. Another friend and mentor, Kari Fredrickson, deserves special thanks for all her guidance and because she suggested that tourism would be a good way to look at southern identity. Thanks also to Jeffrey Melton and Paul Gorman who have read earlier drafts, offering both insightful commentary and necessary corrections.
I am also grateful to the University Press of Florida. The readers' careful evaluation and perceptive suggestions helped to refine certain theoretical issues and in general strengthened the work. Particular gratitude goes to Meredith Morris-Babb and her staff including Michele Fiyak-Burkley, Allyson Gasso, and Jane Edwards whose expertise, editing, and encouragement were invaluable.
I also want to thank the friends with whom I have shared this long and sometimes lonely process. In particular, I want to acknowledge Derek Frisby and Susan Myers-Shirk who have listened to me drone on about writing snafus and publishing deadlines for much too long, Rebecca Conard who offered a quiet place to work, and Jan Leone who helped me untangle a particularly knotty section of the introduction. My friends in the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University have been especially encouraging with their support, particularly Amy Sayward, Lawanna Fisher, and Louis Haas, and I am deeply indebted to Carroll Van West and Mary Hoffschwelle for their careful readings of the manuscript at its final stages and their critical suggestions that definitely strengthened the analytical arguments of the book.
(p.xii) My deepest gratitude goes to my family. I want to thank my parents, James and Katherine Cawood, who sacrificed much to give their children an excellent education. I have dedicated the book to the memory of my father who loved tourism and history and who I hope would have enjoyed this book. I especially want to thank my precious daughters, Wynne, Sophie, and Isabella, who mean more to me than they can imagine, and my husband, Steve. Without his patience and encouragement, I would be lost.