When he assumed office in 1845, James K. Polk, America’s first "dark-horse" President, was a man on a mission. His goal was territorial expansion or, as he put it in his inaugural address, the extension "of peace over additional territories and increasing millions." President Polk vigorously pursued his territorial ambitions in the present-day American Southwest and Northwest, peacefully when he could, but through military means when necessary. As a result, Polk added more territory to the national domain than any other President. He also led the nation to victory in a war with Mexico from 1846-1848. This talk assesses "Young Hickory’s" career as a war leader, focusing especially on his character, his policies, his actions, and, finally, the effect that his efforts had on the country.
The event is free, however, reservations should be made at 816-268-8010, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is free in front of the building at 400 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. A charge is made for additional parking at the Union Station.