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“Life Is Adamant”

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/9780813032658.003.0006
“Life Is Adamant”

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Simkins's travels to Europe and South America, and his education at Columbia University, broadened his worldview. He had come a long way from his Edgefield days, when heroic stories about his ancestors were regarded as historical truth. Simkins's European travel also brought into focus his modern attitude of tolerance for experiences, ideas, and lifestyles different from his own. Though he made comparisons between aspects of life in Europe and the United States, as most travelers to foreign countries would have been expected to do, he showed an attitude of open-mindedness during his daily encounters with life in the Old World, rarely applying the standards of his culture to the European societies he was investigating.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; travel; Europe; South America

Chapter.  9794 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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