Season 2, Episode 11-James Polk and Columbia

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Season 2, Episode 11: James Polk and Columbia

Learn about James Polk, maybe the hardest working, and certainly one of the most complex, Presidents. Hear about his unorthodox rise to the Presidency, his election and term, his dedicated wife, Sarah, and, of course, his home(s)!

Be sure to check out James Polk’s “Visiting the Presidents” Episode from Season 1, “James Polk and Pineville”!

President James K Polk Home and Museum official site.

James Polk Home tour from CSPAN.

James Polk Home from Conde Nast Traveler.

“Comfort in My Retirement” on James Polk and Polk’s Place from White House Historical Association.

“The Enslaved Households of President James Polk” from White House Historical Association.

From My May 2021 Visit!

Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee.
President Lyndon Johnson visiting the Polk Home.

James Polk Home, 301 W 7th St, Columbia, Tennessee.

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Recommended Reading for James Polk

Walter Borneman, Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America.
Robert Merry, A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent.
Eugene Irving McCormac, James Polk: A Political Biography to the Prelude to War, 1795-1845.
Eugene Irving McCormac, James Polk: A Political Biography to the End of a Career, 1845-1849.

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