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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”

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

James S. Humphreys

University Press of Florida

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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