In the 1850's as the South moved closer to a formal split with the North, Southern nationalists became more concerned with publicizing their dogmans. and printing their theories about blacks and whites At a convention in Savannah in 1856 sectionalists called for a new series of books in every field to be written by sound Southerners.
William Gilmore Simms was requested to write this literature.
The Northern critic might have taken a poke at him and referring to the multivolumned edition of Simm's works which was a Southern literature. In a 40 yrs. career he had turned out 80+ books and 34 fictions, 19 volumnes of poetry, numerous dramas, essays, biographies of historical figures, and a history and geography of his native
S.C.. He had 5 helfy volumes of his letters, periodical writings never collected in book form, 4 novels, tales, essays, poems, speeches, lectures, reviews, editorial comments and public letters. He was frequently confronted with blank pages that he had to fill doggedly with almost anything that came to his mind.
Nearly all of Simms has long been out of print; with the republication of "The Yamassee" present -day readers will at least have the opportunity to reopen these matters for themselves.