William Gilmore Simms

(1806 - 1870 / USA)

William Gilmore Simms
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Simms was born in Charleston, S.C., and lived much of his life in or near it.

The embodiment of southern letters, Simms was also an influential spokesman for what he saw as the region's social and political concerns. A unionist in the 1832 nullification controversy, in the 1840s he supported the intensely nationalistic Young America group, which pushed for American freedom from British literary models. Active in politics, he served in the South Carolina Legislature from 1844 to 1846, conferred with prominent planters like James Henry Hammond about southern agricultural policies, conducted a copious correspondence with fire-eating Beverley Tucker of Virginia about slavery and ... more »

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  • Rookie Stella Mary (2/2/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    Wow.....I loved this guys poems..even though it was a little weird

  • Rookie Stella Mary (2/2/2012 4:45:00 AM)

    Wow! He is the guy......and great notations

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