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  • John Seigenthaler on emJames K Polkem
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    James K. Polk

    John Seigenthaler talked about his book, James K. Polk, published by Times Books. He described Polk as key to the U.S. westward expansion, and who carried forward the idea of Jacksonian…

  • emInvading Mexicoem
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    Invading Mexico

    Joseph Wheelan explores the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. The author chronicles President James Polk’s desire to acquire California via war and the popular dissent that followed the start of the war…

  • James K Polks Politics and Times
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    James K. Polk's Politics and Times

    This program featured five views of President James K. Polk’s politics and times, from his relationship with predecessor Martin Van Buren to his role as a wartime chief executive. This panel was…

  • James K Polks Views on the Environment Land and Religion
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    James K. Polk's Views on the Environment, Land, and Religion

    Historians explored President James K. Polk’s views on federal mining and land policies, the environment, and religion. This talk was part of a two-day conference marking the completion of the…

  • QA with Amy Greenberg
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    Q&A with Amy Greenberg

    Penn State Professor Amy Greenberg talked about her book, Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk.

  • Presidents James K Polk and Andrew Johnson Collections
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    Presidents James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson Collections

    Wayne Moore showed items from the James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson collections that are housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. He showed items such as letters, photographs, and cartoons related…

  • Amy Greenberg on emA Wicked Warem
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    A Wicked War

    Amy Greenberg, history and women’s studies professor at Penn State University, talked about her book, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico, in which she…

  • First Ladies Sarah Polk Margaret Taylor and Abigail Fillmore
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    First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore

    Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sarah…

  • Life Portrait of James K Polk
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    Life Portrait of James K. Polk

    In the eleventh in a series on American presidents, the life and career of James Polk was discussed. Mr. Seale talked about President Polk and the events of his presidency, including the acquisition of…

  • James K Polk Ancestral Home
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    James K. Polk Ancestral Home

    John Holtzapple led a tour of the James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, Tennessee. It is the only surviving home -- save the White House -- in which the eleventh president lived. He…

  • QA with Robert Merry
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    Q&A with Robert Merry

    Robert Merry talked about his book A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent (Simon & Schuster; November 3, 2009). The 11th president, James…

  • President James K Polk Birthplace
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    President James K. Polk Birthplace

    Scott Warren gave a tour of the birthplace of James K. Polk, 11th president of the United States, and talked about his life and accomplishments. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) on their…

  • James K Polk Biographical Vignette
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    James K. Polk Biographical Vignette

    A short summary was given of President James K. Polk’s accomplishments and life history.

  • emPolkem
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    Walter Borneman talked about his book Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America (Random House, April 8, 2008). In his book he recounts the tenure of former President James K. Polk…

  • Origin of emHail to the Chiefem
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    Origin of Hail to the Chief

    Lieutenant Colonel Foley talked about the origins of “Hail to the Chief,” which was originally a popular song in the early 19th century, but eventually was adopted as the official…

  • Presidential Biographers
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    Presidential Biographers

    Members of a President’s Day panel talked about the presidential biographies they wrote for Times Books' American Presidents series. Mr. Schlesinger, the general editor of the series,…

  • Polks Presidency
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    Polk's Presidency

    Professor Johannsen talked about the career of President Polk and why he has consistently been labeled by historians as a “near great” president. He talked about Polk’s nomination by the…

  • President James K Polk and Religion
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    President James K. Polk and Religion

    Mr. Holtzapple focused on a window dedicated to President Polk at the First United Methodist Church in Columbia, Tennessee.

  • Polk Birthplace
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    Polk Birthplace

    Ms. Dilda focused on the family of President Polk and his birthplace in Pineville, North Carolina.

  • Washington Journal Wednesday
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    Washington Journal: Wednesday

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes…

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