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The paper examines how the book "James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse" by Sam W. Haynes discusses the presidency and policies of James K. Polk. The paper asserts that the author presents his well-researched arguments clearly and effectively with a narrative style that is pleasant to read and not too scholarly. The paper further asserts that this book belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in that period of American history when the country was expanding and creating the gulf that led to the Civil War.
From the Paper:"The author's evidence is compelling, because the book presents a detailed picture not only of Polk and what made him tick, but the country at the time, from the popularity of Jacksonian democracy to the excitement that swirled around the discovery and addition of new territories to the growing country. He sets the stage for the main event, Polk's presidency, and illustrates how Polk made it to the White House (because of the party politics of the time). The book also shows how the war with Mexico helped bring on even more expansionist tendencies in the nation, adding Texas, California, and much of the west to the mix, and creating the perfect time for westward expansion."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Sam W. Haynes. James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse 3rd edition. New York: Pearson Education, 2006
Cite this Book Review:
"James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse" (2010, December 12) Retrieved March 02, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/james-k-polk-and-the-expansionist-impulse-145992/
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