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Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

William Dusinberre

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book examines both the social and the political history of slavery. James Polk — President of the United States from 1845 to 1849 — owned a Mississippi cotton plantation with about fifty slaves. ... More


Presidential Discretion and the Path to War: The Mexican War and World War II

Mariah Zeisberg

in War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157221
eISBN:
9781400846771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157221.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter pairs President Polk's entry into the Mexican War with President Roosevelt's movement toward World War II. Using the relational conception, it argues that while both Polk and Roosevelt ... More


The Mexican War and Nativism

William B. Kurtz

in Excommunicated From the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823267538
eISBN:
9780823272372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267538.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The Mexican War was a dress rehearsal not just for military leaders, but for Catholics who believed that military service would prove their patriotism once and for all. Although many Catholics served ... More


Texas and the Mexican War

WILLIAM DUSINBERRE

in Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Polk's grandfather Ezekiel, his father, Sam, and the president himself had all established slave plantations on the westward-moving frontier; and the expansion of plantation slavery into Texas held ... More


The Gettysburg Lectures

Gabor S. Boritt (ed.)

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195089110
eISBN:
9780199853830
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089110.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book looks at how Lincoln confronted the central issues of the Civil War era, throwing new light on the revolutionary changes he helped usher in. The book explores the issue of ... More


The Baring Years, 1837–1861

Jay Sexton

in Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era 1837-1873

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199281039
eISBN:
9780191712753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281039.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter discusses that the financial and commercial prominence of Baring Brothers imparted great political and diplomatic influence to the firm. It shows that the Webster and Ashburton succeeded ... More


West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace

Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832783
eISBN:
9781469605081
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898567_hsieh
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Most Civil War generals were graduates of West Point, and many of them helped transform the U.S. Army from what was little better than an armed mob that performed poorly during the War of 1812 into ... More


Mexican War: Honor Reconfirmed

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813134406
eISBN:
9780813135977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

When the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846, mainly over the issue of the annexation of Texas, Kentuckians supported the war and men volunteered with overwhelming enthusiasm. In addition to ... More


The Old Army's Vindication The Mexican War

Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh

in West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832783
eISBN:
9781469605081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898567_hsieh.7
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter focuses on the U.S. Army's victory during the Mexican War. After two years of active campaigning, the United States conquered 529,017 square miles of territory, including the valuable ... More


Regulating Land, Labor, and Bodies: Mexican Married Women, Peones, and the Remains of Feudalism

MaríA E. Montoya

in Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520227446
eISBN:
9780520926486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520227446.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Col. Stephen Watts Kearny was not merely conquering a Mexican province for the U.S. government when he primed the U.S. Army of the West into Santa Fe in 1846. The U.S. supporters of the war with ... More


Introduction

Rachel St. John

in Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141541
eISBN:
9781400838639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141541.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This introductory chapter provides a history of the U.S.–Mexico border. Long before the border existed as a physical or legal reality it began to take form in the minds of Mexicans and Americans who ... More


The Two Most Powerful Republics in the World: Mr. Polk’s War

Max M. Edling

in A Hercules in the Cradle: War, Money, and the American State, 1783-1867

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226181578
eISBN:
9780226181608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226181608.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In contrast to its previous international war, the War of 1812 (ch. 4), the United States found the financing of the Mexican War largely unproblematic. Secretary of the Treasury Robert J. Walker sold ... More


Crossing the Caribbean: Southerners Write the Mexican American War

John Wharton Lowe

in Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469628882
eISBN:
9781469628059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628882.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter rehearses the myriad ways in which the U.S. Mexican War brought about a new awareness of the Caribbean on the part of Southern combatants, who crossed its waters and experienced its ... More


Slavery and Union

WILLIAM DUSINBERRE

in Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Polk's purpose in securing the speedy annexation of Texas had been to expand plantation slavery into that vast domain. But this was not his aim in provoking war with Mexico; instead, Polk's principal ... More


“Members of the Same Family with Ourselves”: Intercultural Civic Ideals, Identities, and Spaces, 1840–1855

David Samuel Torres-Rouff

in Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1894

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780300141238
eISBN:
9780300156621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141238.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter looks at changes that took place in Los Angeles during the 1840s and early 1850s. On-going surges in immigration from the United States and Europe coincided with tumultuous times, ... More


Juan Bautista Sancho: Tracing the Mallorcan Connection

Craig H. Russell

in From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343274
eISBN:
9780199867745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343274.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western, History, American

Among the friars, few rival Juan Bautista Sancho (1772?–1830) in musical expertise. This chapter maps out Sancho's family tree and his early life in Artà, Mallorca. It explores his development as a ... More


The Presidential Difference in the Civil War Era

Fred I. Greenstein and Dale Anderson

in Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to use the period from the Mexican–American War to the Civil War (1846–1865) as a stage to assess the strengths and weaknesses of six American ... More


Migrations and Transformations

Andrew J. Torget

in Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624242
eISBN:
9781469624266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624242.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This epilogue details events following the annexation of Texas to the United States. Topics covered include President James K. Polk's efforts to wrest California from Mexico—and all the lucrative ... More


Unsettling Subjects: Citizenship and Squatting in Historical Romances of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela

in Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves: Piracy and Personhood in American Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640921
eISBN:
9781469640945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640921.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Though the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) ostensibly extended American citizenship to the Mexican landed class at the conclusion of the Mexican American War and ensured their property rights ... More


Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border

Rachel St. John

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141541
eISBN:
9781400838639
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141541.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This book details the dramatic transformation of the western U.S.–Mexico border from its creation at the end of the Mexican–American War in 1848 to the emergence of the modern boundary line in the ... More


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