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3. Gothic Undercurrents

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William Gilmore Simms - Selected Archive Items

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[2742] Anonymous, The Old Plantation (c. 1790-1800),
courtesy of © Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA.
Slaves dancing and playing music on a plantation, possibly in South Carolina. Writers such as William Gilmore Simms believed that slavery was justified by God.

[4308] Alfred Rudolph Waud, Pictures of the South--Jefferson Davis's Mansion in Mississippi--Negro Quarters on Jefferson Davis's Plantation (1866),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62- 116582].
These sketches show a plantation owned by Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. William Gilmore Simms believed that the discrepancy between the lives of slaves and those of their masters was part of the Great Chain of Being.

[4735] Anonymous, Gloucester, Near Natchez, MS (n.d.),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62- 58888].
A neoclassical plantation house designed as an expression of the good taste and prosperity of the owner.

[7245] The International Magazine of Literature, Art and Science, William Gilmore Simms (1852),
courtesy of the Making of America Project, Cornell University Library.
Simms, the antebellum South's most prolific author, was an astute observer of the cultural, social, and intellectual traditions of the region.

[9004] William Gilmore Simms, The Life of Francis Marion (1844),
courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
Simms was the most prolific southern writer of the antebellum period. This biography tells the story of Brigadier General Francis Marion, nicknamed the Swamp Fox, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War.

[9005] William Gilmore Simms, "The Edge of the Swamp" (c. 1853),
courtesy of Coastal Carolina University.
Simms's meditation on a swamp depicts it as a place of mystery and danger.

[9012] William Gilmore Simms, Introduction and Chapter I from The Forayers; or, Raid of the Dog Days (1855),
courtesy of Belford, Clarke, Chicago, New York, 1885.
The sixth in a series of eight novels set in the South during the Revolutionary War, The Forayers describes events leading up to the Battle of Eutaw Springs in the Orangeburg, South Carolina, area.

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