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“Return to the Beaten Path”

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/9780813032658.003.0008
“Return to the Beaten Path”

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By August 1930, Simkins's life had become stable. He now had a wife and steady employment. By this time, too, he had settled into patterns he would follow for the rest of his life. Farmville, a place reminiscent of Edgefield, would become the center of his life and South Carolina history the focus of his writing. His marriage to Edna Chandler was a new and surprising development, but even in his choice of a wife, Simkins laid bare a part of his inner self. The Columbia-trained Ph.D., the Greenwich Village resident, and the eclectic foreign traveler had married a young woman fifteen years his junior who had grown up in a small community fifty miles from Farmville. Clearly, in these profound personal and professional decisions, Simkins had returned to the beaten path.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; Farmville; South Carolina history; Edna Chandler

Chapter.  10147 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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