Coverart for item
The Resource James K. Polk, John Seigenthaler

James K. Polk, John Seigenthaler

Label
James K. Polk
Title
James K. Polk
Statement of responsibility
John Seigenthaler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the summer of 1844, James K. Polk's political career was in ruins. As the Democratic National Convention approached, Polk had thought himself assured of the vice presidential nomination, but the presidential front-runner, former president Martin Van Buren, had made it clear that he had little interest in him. Van Buren was on a mission to regain the White House, which he had lost in 1840, and he needed a strong running mate. Polk had three strikes against him. First, Polk had been unable to deliver his and Andrew Jackson's home state of Tennessee in 1840, while Polk was governor. Second, he was fresh from having lost the governor's mansion - for a second time. And third, Van Buren - as well as the Whigs' candidate, Henry Clay - had just taken a stand against the annexation of Texas, whereas Polk had come out in its favor." "But as the delegates assembled in Baltimore, Polk perceived a wave of public sentiment in favor of bringing Texas into the Union, and he rode that wave all the way to the nomination and eventually the White House - the first "dark horse" candidate to do so. Congress soon annexed Texas, and Polk continued to look west, becoming the champion of what was known as "manifest destiny." He settled the disputed Oregon boundary with Great Britain, extending U.S. territory to the Pacific Ocean, and waged war on Mexico in hopes of winning California and New Mexico. The considerably smaller American army never lost a battle, and the southwest territories became part of the United States in 1848." "At home, however, Polk suffered a political firestorm of antiwar attacks, particularly from the Whigs. Despite tremendous accomplishments in just four years - from pushing the westward expansion to restoring an independent Treasury to ushering in an era of free trade - "Young Hickory" left office feeling the sting of criticism and suffering from a stressful presidency that had taken a heavy physical toll. He died within three months of departing Washington."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1927-2014
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seigenthaler, John
Dewey number
  • 973.6/1/092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E417
LC item number
.S38 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The American presidents series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polk, James K.
  • Presidents
  • Polk, James K
  • Polk, James K.
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
James K. Polk, John Seigenthaler
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-177) and index
Contents
  • 4.
  • Another bargain
  • 5.
  • Measures of a great President
  • 6.
  • War
  • 7.
  • Polk at peace
  • Notes
  • Milestones
  • Editor's note
  • Selected bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Introduction : the born-again President
  • 1. The
  • bent twig
  • 2.
  • Old and young Hickory
  • 3.
  • Defender of the faith
Control code
ocm52494989
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 188 p.
Isbn
9780805069426
Lccn
2003056368
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52494989
  • (OCoLC)52494989
Label
James K. Polk, John Seigenthaler
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-177) and index
Contents
  • 4.
  • Another bargain
  • 5.
  • Measures of a great President
  • 6.
  • War
  • 7.
  • Polk at peace
  • Notes
  • Milestones
  • Editor's note
  • Selected bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Introduction : the born-again President
  • 1. The
  • bent twig
  • 2.
  • Old and young Hickory
  • 3.
  • Defender of the faith
Control code
ocm52494989
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 188 p.
Isbn
9780805069426
Lccn
2003056368
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52494989
  • (OCoLC)52494989

Library Locations

    • Waubonsee: Aurora Downtown CampusBorrow it
      1st Floor 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL, 60506-4178, US
      41.7587304 -88.3172925
Processing Feedback ...