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Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the American Councilon Education, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, the Federationof State Humanities Councils, the state humanities councils, the National HumanitiesAlliance, the Social Science Research Council, and the Consortium of Social ScienceAssociations, among others.Many people, including the staff of individual Commission members, have assistedin the work of the Commission and in the production of this report, notably JohnTessitore, Phyllis Bendell, Peter Kardon, Nathan Wolff, Carolyn Gerber, and theircolleagues.Finally, the Academy gratefully acknowledges the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, asteadfast supporter of the humanities and arts in this country, which provided primaryfunding for the Commission. Carnegie Corporation of New York also providedimportant funding.We dedicate this publication to all Americans—every child, student, young adult,worker, leader, and senior citizen—who look to the humanities and social sciences forthe skills, information, and sources of creativity that our founders saw as the basis fora democratic, prosperous, and secure nation.Louis W. CabotChair of the BoardAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences8 Acknowledgments

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