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“A Seeker after the Broadening Truth”

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/9780813032658.003.0005
“A Seeker after the Broadening Truth”

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After his one-year appointment at the Citadel ended in June 1921, the frustration that Simkins felt over what he regarded as the impersonal and unchallenging graduate education at Columbia failed to dissuade him from returning to the university in order to begin working toward a doctoral degree. The courses in which he enrolled during his first semester of doctoral work demonstrated the fields of study that increasingly commanded his attention. Simkins registered for classes in the history of modern Western Europe, the history of colonial and early America, the literature of American history (what would be called historiography today), the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction period, and introductory anthropology.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; Columbia University; doctoral degree

Chapter.  9069 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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