By Thomas M. Leonard
James ok. Polk's 4 years in workplace marked the best interval of territorial acquisition within the heritage of the country-what long island journalist John O'Sullivan termed because the 'Manifest future' of the us to extend around the continent. through the top of Polk's presidency in 1849, U.S. possessions integrated the California, Oregon, and New Mexico territories. furthermore, Texas had turn into a part of the Union.
This ebook analyzes Polk's political occupation and his position in every one of those territorial expansions. James ok. Polk: a transparent and Unquestionable Destiny indicates that they have been way more advanced than the ethical campaign that were classified 'Manifest Destiny.' Southern planters desired to shield their 'peculiar establishment' of slavery via including new territories from which slave states will be carved. advertisement pursuits feared that struggle with England over any of those territories might adversely influence upon the nation's alternate. even if the Oregon boundary dispute used to be settled with little friction, the Mexican conflict erupted after the annexation of Texas.
This interesting biography of our 11th president and his winning efforts for growth of U.S. territory may be of curiosity to scholars learning usa background, overseas coverage, and the big territorial enlargement within the 1840s referred to as show up Destiny.