Acknowledgments It does take a village to raise an academic, thus some words of ap- preciation are in order. This book began as part of my dissertation research at the University of Connecticut, but it was concluded due to the help and support I received at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. I must give special thanks to Dr. Laurie Corbin at IPFW; her support and guidance made this book possible. I also wanted to express my appreciation to those at IPFW who helped to fund this project: Dean Carl N. Drummond and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of International Language and Cul- ture Studies, and the Office of Research, Engagement, and Spon- sored Programs. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to the staff at Document Delivery Services at Walter E. Helmke Library at IPFW, the Interlibrary Loan Office at Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut, and the Archives staff at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Most importantly, I would like to recognize the support that I have received from family and friends. In great part, this book was inspired by the experiences of my parents. As Nicaraguan exiles in Miami, Florida, I saw the manner they redefined themselves in a new country, as they had previously done through the tumultuous experiences of the earthquake of 1972, the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979, and the subsequent communist regime. I grew up listen- ing to stories of conflict and the human response...
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