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This podcast examines the life, times, and controversies surrounding the 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk. The Polk's America lecture series was established in 1998 and features a new expert, historian, or museum specialist each month. Born in 1795, James Polk served 7 terms as a US Congressman, twice as Speaker of the House, the governor of Tennessee, and was the infamous Dark Horse candidate for president in 1844. Though he served one term (as a campaign promise), he oversaw the greatest expansion of US territory in United States history, the first US invasion of another country, and established the independent treasury.

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This podcast examines the life, times, and controversies surrounding the 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk. The Polk's America lecture series was established in 1998 and features a new expert, historian, or museum specialist each month. Born in 1795, James Polk served 7 terms as a US Congressman, twice as Speaker of the House, the governor of Tennessee, and was the infamous Dark Horse candidate for president in 1844. Though he served one term (as a campaign promise), he oversaw the greatest expansion of US territory in United States history, the first US invasion of another country, and established the independent treasury.

    Candice Candeto | Robert Stewart's Natchez Furniture Shop

    Candice Candeto | Robert Stewart's Natchez Furniture Shop

    A forgotten furniture shop in antebellum Mississippi illustrates the complex connections between labor, business, and society in Polk's America.

    • 26 min
    Douglas Shadle | Anthony Philip Heinrich and the American Symphonic Landscape

    Douglas Shadle | Anthony Philip Heinrich and the American Symphonic Landscape

    Musicologist and author Dr. Douglas Shadle traces the origins of American symphonic music.

    • 33 min
    John Holtzapple | The Fate of Mary Rogers

    John Holtzapple | The Fate of Mary Rogers

    On July 28, 1841, Mary Rogers was found dead in the Hudson River at 20 years of age. Speculation swirled: Was it gang violence? A botched abortion? Was she murdered by her fiancé, who later committed suicide? Mary Rogers' murder was never solved,...

    • 28 min
    Episode 4: Barry Gidcomb | The Governorship of James K. Polk

    Episode 4: Barry Gidcomb | The Governorship of James K. Polk

    Professor Barry Gidcomb discusses Polk's governorship and how national issues shaped the Tennessee political landscape.

    • 24 min
    Episode 3: Erik Schmeller | Conspiracy, Slavery, and the Great American Land Pirate

    Episode 3: Erik Schmeller | Conspiracy, Slavery, and the Great American Land Pirate

    Dr. Erik Schmeller of Tennessee State University digs into the deep roots of conspiracy theory in the United States.

    • 28 min
    Episode 2: Mark Cheathem | Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson

    Episode 2: Mark Cheathem | Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson

    Award-winning author and editor, Dr. Mark Cheathem, explores "the first modern presidential election" in through music and print culture.

    • 24 min

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