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Introduction

James S. Humphreys

in Francis Butler Simkins

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032658
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032658.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of Simkins's eccentric behavior and major scholarly accomplishments. It then considers his concerns over the collapse of white supremacy and the emergence of black equality. The chapter also sets out the purpose of the book, which is to illuminate the inner workings of a scholar considered eccentric and even inscrutable by those who knew him. It tries to make sense of an individual who possessed a powerful intellect coupled with a host of personal demons, and analyzes how his chaotic personal life influenced his writing. Finally, this study strives to determine the impact of Simkins's work on southern historiography and the larger public issues, especially those associated with race, that dominated his world.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; race relations; southern history; race

Chapter.  1203 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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