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The LSU Years

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/9780813032658.003.0012
The LSU Years

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In the fall of 1948, Francis Simkins arrived on the campus of Louisiana State University to begin a one-year appointment as visiting professor of history, a temporary replacement for Bell I. Wiley, the head of the history department, who was going on leave. His new job would allow him to teach again, if only briefly, at a major research university. Simkins had a stable marriage, a son who was growing up, and a challenging teaching job. The positive reviews of his college textbook, The South, Old and New, were also happy developments. In the late 1940s a need existed for a book such as Simkins's one-volume work on southern history. The field Simkins worked in as an academic discipline had grown markedly in the early twentieth century, and, as a result, southern history courses abounded in higher education. Several thousand university and college students enrolled in southern history courses around the country. Simkins thus stood to gain in notoriety as a historian while making a considerable amount of money.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; Louisiana State University; teaching; Southern history

Chapter.  12023 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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