“An Exalted Life” Ends

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:
“An Exalted Life” Ends

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The last decade of Simkins's life was a frustrating time for him. He continued researching and writing, but his efforts produced few results. Except for a collection of previously written essays, he did not publish another book. At this time, too, his writing came to reflect the ideological concerns becoming increasingly important to him. The articles Simkins published in the late 1950s and early 1960s were an exercise in polemics rather than history. His effort to defend the merits of southern traditionalism proved a difficult task in a world growing increasingly less sympathetic to white supremacy. Simkins died on February 9, 1966. The parish register of Johns Memorial Episcopal Church, which Simkins had attended while living in the Virginia village, listed simply “heart” as cause of death. He was sixty-eight years old.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; southern traditionalism; white supremacy

Chapter.  10140 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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