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A country of vast designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent 1 edition

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In a one-term presidency, Polk completed the story of America's Manifest Destiny -- extending its territory across the continent, from sea to sea, by threatening England and manufacturing a controversial and unpopular two-year war with Mexico that Abraham Lincoln, in Congress at the time, opposed as preemptive. Robert Merry tells this story through powerful debates and towering figures. - Jacket flap.

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A country of vast designs
James K. Polk and the conquest of the American continent
Robert Merry.

Published 2009 by Simon & Schuster in New York .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction : Ritual of democracy : the emergence of an expansionist president
Young Hickory : the making of a Jackson protégé
Tennessee and Washington : the rise and fall of a presidential loyalist
The 1844 election : searching for a means of political recovery
Texas : dawn of a new era
Baltimore : America's first political dark horse
Polk vs. Clay : answering the question, "Who is James K. Polk?"
The victor : preparing for the mantle of leadership
Taking charge : America's zest for grand ambitions
Annexation complete : diplomacy, intrigue, and the force of politics
The United States and Oregon : "The people here are worn out by delay"
The United States and Mexico : divergent new world cultures on a path to war
Britain and Mexico : playing with prospects of a dual war
The Twenty-ninth Congress : Polk takes command of the national agenda
End of a treaty : diplomacy and politics at war with each other
War : "Every consideration of duty and patriotism"
Vagaries of war : "And may there be no recreant soul to fail or falter now"
Presidential temperamen t: "I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government"
Wilmot's proviso : transformation of the war debate
The war in the West : patriotism, duty, adventure, and glory
The new face of war : "We are yet to have a long and wearisome struggle"
The politics of rancor : constitutional usurpation vs. moral treason
Dilatory Congress : the challenge of presidential leadership
Veracruz and beyond : grappling with Mexico's military defiance
Scott and Trist : a clash of policy and temperament
Mexico City : the pivot of personality
The specter of conquest : "Have we conquered peace? Have we obtained a treaty?"
Treaty : from Trist to Polk to the Senate
Peace : California, New Mexico, and the Union
Final months : "Solemnly impressed with the emptiness of worldly honors"
Epilogue : Legacy : the price of presidential accomplishment

Edition Notes



Dewey Decimal Class
973.6/1092, B
Library of Congress
E417 .M1153 2009

The Physical Object

x, 576 p., [16] p. of plates
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
0743297431, 074329744X
9780743297431, 9780743297448
LC Control Number
Library Thing

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