44 books on 44 presidents: The man who made the Civil War
March 23, 2016 - Uncategorized
Editor’s note: This is the eleventh entry in the writer’s year-long project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents by Election Day 2016. You can also follow Marcus’ progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and with this 44 in 52 Spreadsheet.
Like Thomas Jefferson, James K. Polk was a slave-owning Southerner who helped to geographically expand the United States
Unlike Jefferson, Polk sits in a weird nebulous zone of presidents — a man who kept his promise to serve just one term, but saw his legacy decline as the decades wore on.