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Slavemaster president : the double career of James Polk

Author: William Dusinberre
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James K. Polk held the office of President from 1845 to 1849, a period when the expansion of slavery into the territories emerged as a pressing question in American politics. During his presidency, the slave period of Texas was annexed and the future of slavery in the Mexican Cession was debated. Polk also owned a substantial cotton plantation in northern Mississippi and 54 slaves. He was an absentee master who had  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: James K Polk; James K Polk; James K Polk; James K Polk; James K Polk
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Dusinberre
ISBN: 0195157354 9780195157352
OCLC Number: 50064690
Description: xiv, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: A market for labor power --
Flight (I) Tennessee --
Flight (II) the Mississippi planation --
Profit --
The nature of the regime --
The spirit of governance --
Births and deaths --
Family and community --
Privileges --
Polk's early response to the antislavery movement --
Texas and the Mexican War --
Slavery and Union --
Alternatives.
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James K. Polk held the office of President from 1845 to 1849, a period when the expansion of slavery into the territories emerged as a pressing question in American politics. During his presidency,  Read more...

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No other study that I can think of juxtaposes so revealingly the personal experiences of the enslaved with those of their enslaver, or the career of a slaveholder with the leadership of a president. Read more...

 
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