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A Provincial Confronts Modernity

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/9780813032658.003.0004
A Provincial Confronts Modernity

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In September 1919, Simkins headed north to attend graduate school at Columbia University in New York City. He left New York City in 1920 and returned to South Carolina to teach at the Citadel, a military college in Charleston. Simkins remained very much the provincial after a year of graduate study at Columbia University and a year of teaching at the Citadel. Although the wide assortment of students and professors he came to know in New York City broadened his mind and enriched his life, his basic worldview continued to be based on the values of the southern countryside. Many of his experiences in New York City actually reinforced his white southern predilections. For one accustomed to the predictable rhythm of village life and a close-knit feeling between neighbors and kin in the countryside, the fast-paced and crowded world of Columbia University and New York City amply demonstrated the alienating and atomizing tendencies of life among the teeming multitudes.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; graduate school; Columbia University; New York City

Chapter.  5517 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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