"James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse"
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The paper identifies the central thesis of W. Haynes's biography "James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse", that much of Polk's actions can be seen as a manifestation of the Jacksonian tradition. The paper shows how Haynes attempts to present a balanced view of the president whose tenure in office oversaw a controversial seismic change in the topography of America. The paper asserts that for undergraduates unfamiliar with this period of time, this book can prove useful.
From the Paper:"James K. Polk remains largely forgotten today in the popular imagination--dwarfed by the memory of America's more famous 19th century presidents like Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. If he is remembered, he is likely to be more reviled than memorialized as a leader who sought to expand American territory by any means necessary, ethical or not. This reputation is alluded to in the title of University of Texas Arlington history professor Sam W. Haynes's biography James K Polk and the Expansionist Impulse (Pearson/Longman, 1997). Polk added more than 522 acres to America as President, most famously that of Texas, which was once part of Mexico. In reviewing his controversial actions and philosophy of Manifest Destiny, historian Haynes attempts to present a balanced view of the president whose tenure in office oversaw such a seismic change in the topography of America. Polk, even during his own era was celebrated and defamed, celebrated for bringing new land into the American outreach across the West, but also for fighting what was seen even then as an unnecessary, illegal war."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Sam W. Haynes. James K Polk and the Expansionist Impulse. New York: Pearson/Longman, 1997.
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