The Mind of the South

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Sadly, William Gilmore Simms’ desire for an enduring voice turned out to be a case of wishful thinking. By the beginning of the 20th century, the man who had been not only the “Old South’s foremost public intellectual,” as David S. Shields puts it, but one of the most successful American authors of the antebellum era, had been all but forgotten.

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