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Francis Butler SimkinsA Life$
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James S. Humphreys

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032658

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032658.001.0001

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“Return to the Beaten Path”

“Return to the Beaten Path”

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(p.107) Seven “Return to the Beaten Path”
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Francis Butler Simkins
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James S. Humphreys

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032658.003.0008

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

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