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William Gilmore Simms (1806–1870)

Louis P. Masur (ed.)

in “… The Real War Will Never Get in the Books”: Selections from Writers During the Civil War

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098372
eISBN:
9780199853908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098372.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

William Gilmore Simms was the most prolific and best-known Southern writer of the day. After 1825, when he published his first work, a poem on the death of Charles Pinckney, Simms produced a huge and ... More


Dreams: Southern Nationalism before Southern Nationhood

Quigley Paul

in Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848–1865

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199735488
eISBN:
9780199918584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735488.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Before1860, southern nationalists such as William L. Yancey, Robert Barnwell Rhett, and William Gilmore Simms forged a separatist movement that was based on the desire to preserve slavery. However, ... More


Hemispheric Parallax: South America and the American South

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the contours of American literature have changed over time by focusing on the shifting geospatial dynamics associated with the American South. In particular, it juxtaposes ... More


Christmas in the Slave South

Penne L. Restad

in Christmas in America: A History

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195109801
eISBN:
9780199854073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109801.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter starts with William Gilmore Simms' The Bachelor's Christmas written in 1845. This text creatively describes the wonderful Southern Christmas, from all the weeks' preparation prior to the ... More


Coda: Hyperbolic Regionalism, Confederate Nationalism, and the New Southern Frontier

Gretchen J. Woertendyke

in Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190212278
eISBN:
9780190212292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212278.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

J. H. Ingraham and William Gilmore Simms illustrate the extent to which the hemisphere shaped the regional romances of the nineteenth century. In the works of these writers, we find the culmination ... More


Murder and Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy

Matthew G. Schoenbachler

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125664
eISBN:
9780813135373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125664.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The “Kentucky Tragedy” was early America's best known true crime story. In 1825, Jereboam O. Beauchamp assassinated Kentucky attorney general Solomon P. Sharp. The murder, trial, conviction, and ... More


Plantation Traditions: Racism and the Transformation of the Stono Narrative

Jack Shuler

in Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732733
eISBN:
9781604734737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732733.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the intertextual challenge to universal human rights posed by writers of the Charleston School and the competing “plantation traditions” of Angelina Grimké, Edmund Quincy, Henry ... More


The Moral Vernacular of American Copyright Reform

Michael J. Everton

in The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751785
eISBN:
9780199896936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751785.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The nineteenth-century debate over international copyright is usually framed as a battle over law and economics. Many of the antagonists saw the law and economics of intellectual property, however, ... More


Crime Scenes: Fictions of Security in the Antebellum American Borderlands

Caleb Smith

in Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190610784
eISBN:
9780190610807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Drama

Chapter 14 moves the focus to the role of spatial claims to jurisprudential standing over allegories of transcendent justice. Smith’s case study is the popular literature that emerged from the ... More


Anxieties of Ownership:: Debt, Entitlement, and the Plantation Romance

Chad Luck

in The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263004
eISBN:
9780823266340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263004.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the exploitative property relationship of master and slave as it is depicted in the pro-slavery novels of William Gilmore Simms and in the popular slave narratives of Frederick ... More


America’s Blackbeard: Piracy and Colonial Life

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela

in Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves: Piracy and Personhood in American Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640921
eISBN:
9781469640945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640921.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the ways early nineteenth century authors framed piracy as an instrument of state growth, anti-colonial resistance, as well as a rationale for imperial expansion and ... More


The Real Big Kill: Authenticity, Ecology, and Narrative in Southern Frontier Humor

James E. Bishop

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines selected southern frontier humor sketches and tales with an emphasis on ecological awareness. It looks at the hunting and slaughter of large numbers of animals, a frequent ... More


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