Wesley Dick

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U. S. History

Office: Robinson Hall 213
Phone: 517/629-0348



  • Whitman College, B.A., history (1961)
  • University of Washington, M.A., history (1965)
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., history 1973

Teaching Experience:

  • University of Washington, 1961-1968
  • Albion College, 1968-Present

  • American Dreams & Realities
  • A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream
  • U.S. History Since 1877
  • America in Crisis: Great Depression, World War II, & Cold War
  • 1960s
  • Environmental History

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Ford Foundation Cooperative Teaching Fellowship (1960-2)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowships
  • (1973) (1977) (1984) (1988)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship (1998)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange Environmental Program, China (1999)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Summer Seminar Fellowships (1978) (1979) (1980)
  • American Historical Association/American Political Science Association Fellowship (1983)
  • Albion College Students’ Choice Award (1997)
  • Albion College Arthur Anderson Teacher of the Year Award (1997)
  • Albion College Richard Baird Excellence in Teaching Award (2000)
  • Designer of National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Grant for Interdisciplinary
  • study of the community of Albion, Michigan—awarded for 2003-2004; renewed for 2004-2005.
  • Director, (NCUR)/Lancy Initiative Grant (2003-2005)

  • Albion College Black Student Alliance Kwanzaa Committee Community Contribution Award (2011)
  • Inductee, Albion Multicultural Hall of Fame (2009)
  • NAACP Community Service Award for contributions to the goal of “equality and justice for all by
  • precept and example” (1988)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for “commitment to making Dr. King’s Dream a reality”
  • (Albion Kwanzaa Youth Group) (1997)
  • Recognition “for commitment to the youth of Albion” by Albion Minority Program Services (1997)
  • Faculty Award: Michigan Campus Compact “in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Community
  • Service Learning at Albion College” (2003)
  • NAACP President’s Award in recognition of “outstanding service and commitment to Human and Civil
  • Rights” (2004)

  • 2013: “America in Search of its Conscience: History & Hope,” presentation for the Albion
  • community sponsored by the Albion Historical Society on participation in the 50th Anniversary
  • Commemoration of the March on Washington.
  • 2013: Participant at August 24th Commemorative March for the 50th Anniversary of the March on
  • Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.”
  • 2013: Participant as representative of Albion Branch, NAACP at 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther
  • King, Jr.’s march and speech in Detroit—commemorative march and symposium.
  • 2013: Participant at Newseum, Washington, D.C. symposium commemorating 50th anniversary of the
  • assassination of Medgar Evers, featuring Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julian Bond, & Gwen Ifill (PBS).
  • 2013: Participant at Kent State symposium, march, and vigil, commemorating May 4, 1970.
  • 2013: Coordinated visit of MLK Convocation keynote speaker and Coy James Memorial lecturer, Dr.
  • Cleveland Sellers.
  • 2013: Coordinator and discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Scarred Justice: The
  • Orangeburg Massacre, 1968.”
  • 2013: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps,” tour directed by Julian Bond.
  • 2013: Faculty Mentor for Center for Sustainability and Environment trip to New Mexico (May).
  • 2012: Invited as liaison for Judge Damon Keith, fall convocation speaker.
  • 2012: Invited speaker as part of Albion Branch, NAACP, for Black History Month at Coldwater State
  • Reformatory.
  • 2012: Coordinator and Discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Freedom Riders.”
  • 2012: Faculty Mentor, Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to South Carolina.
  • 2012: Coordinator for Albion College CSE students and faculty seminar with President Cleveland
  • Sellers at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina.
  • 2012: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” with Julian Bond.
  • 2012: Participant at “Malcolm X” forum at the Charles Wright African American History Museum.
  • 2012: Delegate to Michigan State NAACP Convention, Detroit.
  • 2011: Invited to give the Coy James Memorial Lecture, “Albion & the American Dream.”
  • 2011: Keynote co-speaker with Robert Wall for MLK Convocation: “In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin
  • Luther King, Jr.”
  • 2011: Invited to introduce Daoud Lecture, Steven Solomon, author of Water, The Epic Struggle for
  • Wealth, Power, and Civilization.
  • 2011: Coordinated Coy James Lecture with Phillip Mason, “Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties:
  • Michigan and Prohibition.”
  • 2011: Albion College Faculty Lecture: “Albion & the American Dream.”
  • 2011: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
  • Bond.
  • 2011: Faculty Mentor for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to Louisiana.
  • 2011: Albion Branch representative to NAACP conference on “Environmental Justice,” Detroit.
  • 2010: Participant, “Race to the South: From the Klan to Katrina,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
  • Bond.
  • 2010: Faculty Mentor for Environmental Institute to Oregon and Washington.
  • 2010: MLK Convocation Committee, featured speaker: Dr. Clayborne Carson, editor of the MLK
  • papers.
  • 2009: Witness to History: Participant, Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
  • 2009: Faculty Mentor, Environmental Institute trip: “California: Imperial Valley, Salto Sea,
  • Imperial Valley, Joshua Tree.”
  • 2009: “Following in the Footsteps: Civil Rights Tour with Julian Bond.”
  • 2009: Participant: NAACP Centennial Convention, New York City.
  • 2009: Invited by the Elkin Isaac Honors Symposium to introduce James Gignac (Sierra Club), as
  • the Alumni Speaker.
  • 2009: Coordinated Washington, D.C. First-Year Seminar trip with World War II theme—World War II
  • Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Museum of American History, U.S. Holocaust Museum,
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.
  • 2009: Wrote columns for the Albion Branch NAACP Newsletter: “Making History: Campaigning for
  • Barack Obama in Albion, Michigan”; “New York City: The NAACP & Dorothy Height—Long Distance
  • Runner.”
  • 2009: Wrote “Brief History of Albion NAACP” for annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
  • 2009: Sabbatical, spring semester: “Albion, Michigan Goes to War.”
  • 2008: Appointed by Albion College President to committee for designing and implementing Albion
  • College Sustainability Initiative
  • 2008: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement.” (Civil Rights tour of Georgia and
  • Alabama with Julian Bond, Professor History, U. of Virginia, civil rights pioneer, NAACP
  • Chairman)
  • 2008: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida Everglades
  • (Albion College Environmental Institute)
  • 2007: Participant, conference on “Environmental Justice and Diversity,” University of Michigan
  • 2007: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed
  • 2006: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Appalachia (Smoky
  • Mountain National Park, TVA, Oakridge National Laboratory, and mountain-top removal site.
  • 2005: Published with co-author Jennifer Cook, “A Window on America: Bringing Home
  • Interdisciplinary Research” in CUR QUARTERLY (cover article)
  • 2005: Presentation with Leslie Dick, “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream” to Michigan
  • Archivists Association Conference for session entitled “History in the Classroom: Fostering
  • Relationships Between Students and Archives.”
  • 2005: Faculty mentor for environment trip with students and faculty to California (Yosemite
  • National Park, Hetch Hetchy, Mono Lake, Central Valley, Steinbeck Museum, Monterrey Bay, and Big
  • Sur)
  • 2005: Directed NCUR/Lancy student scholars who presented at National Conference for
  • Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Virginia
  • 2004: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
  • Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
  • 2004: Coordinated & mentored NCUR/Lancy scholars who presented at National Conference for
  • Undergraduate Research in Indianapolis.
  • 2004: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Louisiana (New Orleans
  • and the Gulf)
  • 2003: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
  • Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
  • 2003: Faculty Mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed (Amish farms, Three Mile Island, Susquehanna River, and Eastern Shore)
  • 2003: Individual travel to Japan to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorials & Museums
  • 2002: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Southwest: Nevada, Utah,
  • Arizona (Yucca Mountain nuclear burial site, Zion, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Hoover Dam)
  • 2001: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference,
  • Ball State U., Muncie, Indiana
  • 2001: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Pacific Northwest
  • (Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River, Hanford Atomic
  • Reservation)
  • 2000: Coordinator for Albion College Symposium: “Environmental Activism for the New Millennium”
  • in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. keynote speaker)
  • 2000: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida (Florida Keys,
  • Everglades, Florida Coast)
  • 1999: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference at
  • Ball State University
  • 1999: Participant, Orion Society National Conference on Community Based Environmental Action,
  • National Conservation Training Center at Shepardstown, West Virginia.
  • 1999: Delegate to Chinese Environmental Conference with focus on the Three Gorges Dam Project on
  • the Yangtze River arranged through the Council for International Education Exchange in
  • cooperation with the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1998: Fellow, NEH Summer Institute: “Environmental History and World History, 1500-2000,” U. of
  • California, Santa Cruz
  • 1998: Participant, “Green & Gold: California History Conference,” U. of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1996: Participant, “Watershed: Writers, Nature, and Community,” Washington, D.C. (sponsored by
  • the Orion Society, the Library of Congress, and Poet Laureate Robert Hass.)
  • 1994: Presented paper, “Dammed Salmon: Economy, Equity, Ecology, and Columbia River Dams in the
  • 1930s,” to conference on Power and Place in the North American West, Third Annual Symposium of
  • the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • 1994: Presented Commentator’s paper, “Resource Utilization Through History,” to “The Environment
  • Through World History” program for the World History Association Annual Meeting, Aspen Insitute,
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • 1990: Published “When Dams Weren’t Damned: The Public Power Crusade and Visions of the Good
  • Life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s” in Environmental Review
  • 1990: “Declaration of Interdependence,” Earth Week Symposium featuring David Brower
  • 1990: Hosted Cesar Chavez on campus for program on Farm Workers, Pesticides, and Social Justice,
  • including a viewing of the film, “The Wrath of Grapes.”
  • 1989: Chaired Workshop on “The Columbia and the Music of Woody Guthrie,” the classic documentary
  • film, American Society for Environmental History meeting, Evergreen State College
  • 1988: Delegate, “North American Bio-regional Congress,” British Columbia, Canada
  • 1988: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The American West: Environment & History,” directed by Donald
  • Worster at the Mountain West Center for Historical Studies at Utah State University
  • 1986: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” coordinated by David Brower (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 1986: Coordinated “A Declaration of Interdependence: Society, Environment, and the Land Ethic,”
  • A Symposium in honor of the Aldo Leopold Centennial (Gaylord Nelson, keynote speaker)
  • 1984: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” Washington, D.C.
  • 1984: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The Frontier & the Environment,” Indiana University
  • 1983: Participant, “Appalachian Life & Culture,” featuring Harry Caudill, author of Night Comes
  • to the Cumberlands and My Land Is Dying, Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky
  • 1982: Participant, “Energy Futures, Energy Implications,” National Science Foundation Chautauqua
  • Short Course with Amory and Hunter Lovins at the University of Iowa
  • 1982: Delegate, “Fate of the Earth Conference,” inspired by David Brower, linking environmental,
  • peace, and social justice groups at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
  • 1980: Participant, “Energy Policy in the Southwest and the Native American,” USDOE Institute,
  • University of San Diego
  • 1978: Participant, “Indians and Ecology, “NSF Chautauqua Short Course with Clara Sue Kidwell,
  • MSU
  • 1978: Participant, “Energy, Conservation, & Public Health,” USDOE Seminar at Harvard School of
  • Public Health, Boston
  • 1977: Fellow, “American West: New Trends in Historical Interpretation,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of
  • California, Davis.
  • 1973: Fellow, “Literature and the American West,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of Oregon
  • 1973: “Visions of Abundance: The Public Power Crusade in the Pacific Northwest in the Era of
  • J.D. Ross and the New Deal,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington

Marcy Sacks

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Chair and John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History
U.S. History/African-American History

Office: Robinson Hall 211
Phone: 517/629-0298



  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1999 (History)
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley (History),1993; 
  • B.S., Cornell University (Industrial and Labor Relations), 1991; 


Courses Offered

  •  History Through Hollywood
  • You Are What You Eat: The Culture and Consumption of Food
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Race and Sports in America
  • U.S. History from Colonization to 1877
  • African American History to 1865
  • African American History 1865 - Present
  • Colonial America; History of Sports in America




Scholarly Activity

Current research projects:

"The Other Side of Reconstruction: Black Northerners Confront the Aftermath of Southern Emancipation."


Joe Louis: Sports and Race in Twentieth Century America. Routledge.  Forthcoming.
Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City Before World War I.  University of Pennsylvania Press (October 2006).

Selected Articles:

  • "Behind the Brown Mask: Joe Louis's Face and the Construction of Racial Mythologies," in ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity, Michael Fuchs, ed.  Forthcoming.
  • "Rand Paul and the Danger of Careless Rhetoric About Civil Rights."  Christian Science Monitor 5/26/2010.
  • Entry for "Harlem Property Owners Association," in The Encyclopedia of African American History.  Facts on File, 2010.
  • Entries for "The Emancipation Monument" and "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men" in The Essential Lincoln: A Political Encyclopedia.  Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming.
  • Entries for "Harlem," "The New York Age," and "The New Negro," in The Encyclopedia of African American History.  Oxford University Press, 2009.
  •  "Recreating Black New York at Century's End," in Slavery in New York, Ira Berlin and Leslie Harris, ed. The New Press, 2005: 325-349; book published in conjunction with 2005 exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.
  •  "'To Show Who Was in Charge': Police Repression of New York City's Black Population at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Journal of Urban History. Vol. 31, No. 6 (September 2005): 799-819.
  • "'To Be a Man and Not a Lackey:' Black Men, Work, and the Construction of Manhood in Gilded Age New York City," American Studies.  Vol. 45, No. 1 (Summer 2004): 39-63.
  • "We Rise and Fall Together: Separatism and the Demand for Equality by Albany's Black Citizens, 1827-1860."  Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.  Vol. 20, no. 2 (July 1996), pp. 7-33.

Research Interests:

African American History, U.S. Social and Cultural History.


  • Residency Research Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan (2006-2007)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship ($40,000; 2006-2007)
  • Seminar Participant, "Slavery and Public History," sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute (Columbia University, August 8-11, 2004)
  • Faculty Diversity Award, Albion College, 2003 (sponsored by the President's Advisory Committee on Multicultural Affairs)
  • Faculty Development Grants, Albion College, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • History and Culture Fellow, Albion College, 2000-2001
  • Emerson Grant, Hamilton College, 1998
  • New Jersey Historical Commission Research Grant, 1995-1996
  • Eugene Irving McCormac Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1995-1996
  • New York State Library Research Resident, 1995
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, 1995

Deborah Kanter

Deborah Kanter
Julian S. Rammelkamp Professor of History
Latin American History/Latino History

Office: Robinson Hall 212
Phone: 517/629-0399



1993    University of Virginia, Ph.D. in History,
             Dissertation: Hijos del Pueblo: Community
             and Gender in Rural Mexico, the Toluc,
1987    Advanced studies in history and
               anthropology, El Colegio de Michoacan,
               Zamora, Mexico
1987    University of Virginia, M.A. in History, 
              Thesis: Indian Education in Late 
              Colonial   Mexico: Policy and Practice
1984    University of Michigan, B.A. (honors), Phi
              Beta  Kappa, in History and American
              Culture and History
1983   Studies in art history and political economy, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de
             Mexico, Mexico City

Courses Offered

  • Modern Latin American History
  • Slave Societies of the Americas
  • Going North: Latin American Immigration & the United States
  • Latin America-U.S. Relations
  • Contact & Conquest in the Americas
  • Gender and Sexuality in the 'Hispanic' World
  • After the Melting Pot: Issues in 20th-Century U.S. Immigration


  • Book:
    • Hijos del Pueblo: Gender, Family and Community in Rural Mexico, 1730-1850. University of Texas Press, 2009.
  • Chapters in Books (partial):
    • "Mexico: Colonial Period." Handbook of Latin American Studies: No 62 Humanities, University of Texas Press, 2007, pp.113-122.
    • Their Hair was Curly': Afro-Mexicans in Indian Villages Central Mexico 1700-1820." In Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds. Editors Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland. Duke University Press, 2006.
  • Journal Articles (partial):
    • “Faith and Family for Early Mexican Immigrants to Chicago: the Diary of Elidia Barroso,” Diálogo, vol. 16:1 (Spring 2013), pp. 21-34.
    • “Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago Churches, 1947-77,” U.S. Catholic Historian vol. 301:1 (2012), pp. 35-58.
    • "Native Female Land Tenure and its Decline in Mexico, 1750-1900," Ethnohistory vol. 42:4 (1995), pp. 607-616.
    • "Viudas y vecinos, milpas y magueyes--el impacto del auge de la población en el Valle de Toluca: el caso de Tenango del Valle en el siglo XVIII," Estudios demográficos y urbanos vol. 7:1, pp. 19-33.


Recent Presentations

  • “Faith & Community in Chicago’s Catedral Mexicana.” CEHILA-USA, Austin, February 22-24, 2013.
  • "Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago Churches, 1947-77," CEHILA-USA, Cushwa Center, University of Notre Dame, April 27-29, 2012."Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood, 1947-1977." Newberry Library, Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies, Chicago, December 9, 2011.
  • "Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago Churches, 1947-1977." American Historical Association/American Catholic Historical Association, Chicago, January 5-8, 2012.
  • "Making Mexican Chicago, 1940-70." Chicago Urban History Seminar, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, May 5, 2011.
  • Chair, Panel: Marriage, Infancy, Kin, and Ideology: Case Studies of Power and Gender among the Natives of Mexico and Guatemala. American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans, September 30 -- October 4, 2009.


Grants and Fellowships (partial)

  • President's Advisory Committee on Intercultural Affairs Faculty Recognition Award, Albion College, 2012
  • Mark Sheldon Putnam, '41 and Mildred Plate Putnam, '41 Faculty Mentoring Award, Albion College, 2011
  • Hewlett-Mellon Fund for Faculty Development Grant, Albion College, 2001-09, 2012
  • ACM Newberry Library Program in the Humanities, Faculty Fellow, 2000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, 1995-96

Current Research

  • Chicago Católico: The Evolution of Mexican Parishes, 1940-77.

Christopher Riedel

Visiting Assistant Professor
Medieval England and Europe

Office: Robinson Hall 210
Phone: 517/629-0398


  • Ph.D., Medieval History, Boston College (2015)
  • B.A. with High Distinction, History, University of Virginia (2006)

Courses Offered

  • Ancient and Medieval World
  • The West and Islam: From Napoleon to 9/11
  • The West and Islam: From the First Crusade in 1099 to Napoleon's Expedition in 1799
  • Medieval England
  • Ancient Rome
  • Tolkien and Medieval History

Scholarly Activity


  • Praising God Together: Monastic Reformers and Lay People in Tenth-Century Winchester, The Catholic Historical Review 102, no. 2 (2016), 284-317.
  • Debating the Role of the Laity in the Hagiography of the Tenth-Century Anglo-Saxon Benedictine Reform, La Revue Bénédictine 127, no. 2 (2017), 315-46.

Select Awards and Fellowships:

  • Peter Guilday Prize for best first article, American Catholic Historical Association (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Visiting Assistant Professor), History Department, Boston College (2015-17)
  • Donald and Hélène White Prize for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Humanities, Boston College (2016)
  • John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research from the Medieval Academy of America (2013)
  • Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College (2011-12)
  • Sewanee Medieval Colloquium R.W. Southern Prize (2010)

Select Presentations

  • Pastoral Care and Monastic Reform in Tenth-Century Winchester, Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City, Winchester University, United Kingdom (July 2017)
  • Translating Bede’s ‘Golden Age’ of Monasticism into Old English in the Tenth Century, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2017)
  • Monastic Reform and the Origins of the Parish Church in Late Anglo-Saxon England, 4th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University (2016)
  • Competing Priorities for Monastic Reform in the Hagiography of Tenth-Century Anglo-Saxon Bishops, American Society for Church History Spring Meeting, Edmonton (2016)
  • The Differing Priorities of Reforming Bishops: Depictions of the Laity in the Vitae of Æthelwold, Oswald, and Dunstan, 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2014)
  • Ælfric’s Intended Audience and His Two Lives of St. Martin, 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012)
  • Teaching Doxology with Miracles: The Monastic Reform Movement and Lay Society, 29th International Haskins Society Conference, Boston College (2010)
  • Lantfred’s Swithun and the Fundamentals of Reform: Educating Lay Pilgrims in Tenth-Century Winchester, 37th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South (2010)

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