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Francis Butler Simkins: A Life

James S. Humphreys


Few men make their mark in their profession as indelibly as historian Francis Butler Simkins (1897–1966). Known as an eccentric, Simkins is almost as famous for falling asleep while performing his ceremonial duties as president-elect of the Southern Historical Association as he is for his wildly influential and radical scholarship. Simkins was considered one of the most liberal voices in the academic dialogue about Reconstruction and race relations in the South during the first part of his career, but his outlook changed drastically during the 1950s. This man, whose scholarship once challenged ... More

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins, eccentric, Southern Historical Association, Reconstruction, race relations, Jim Crow South, segregationist South Carolina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032658
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James S. Humphreys, author
Murray State University