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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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  • We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed, ...
    William Gilmore Simms (1806-1872), U.S. novelist. The Swamp Fox (l. 1-8). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Do...
  • ''The Tory camp is now in sight,
    And there he cowers within his den;
    He hears our shouts, he dreads the fight,
    He fears, and flies from Marion's men.''
    William Gilmore Simms (1806-1872), U.S. novelist. The Swamp Fox (l. 77-80). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) ...
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  • Stella Mary (2/2/2012 4:48:00 AM)

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

  • Stella Mary (2/2/2012 4:45:00 AM)

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

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