JAMES K POLK AND THE EXPANSIONIST IMPULSE PDF

Unlike most other Polk biographers, Haynes does not seem predisposed to a favorable view of Polk and his legacy. Where most authors are inclined to defend their subjects no matter their shortcomings, Haynes is content to simply let the facts speak for themselves. History remembers far more of Polk as a public servant than as a private individual; similarly, the vast majority of this biography is focused on Polk as politician. One gets the sense from this book that Polk may have met Jackson only after his election to the Tennessee state legislature rather than as an impressionable young man. Other biographers have also observed it was Jackson, ever the reliable counselor, who gently nudged Polk into a relationship with Sarah Childress who Polk eventually married.

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Start your review of James K. James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse is Sam Hayness biography of our eleventh president. Hayness biography is the oldest of my three books on James Polk and is also the slimmest. Unlike most other Polk biographers, Haynes does not seem predisposed to a favorable view of Polk and his legacy.

Where most authors are inclined to defend their subjects no matter their shortcomings, Haynes is content to simply let the facts speak for themselves.

History remembers far more of Polk as a public servant than as a private individual; similarly, the vast majority of this biography is focused on Polk as politician. We hardly come to know James Polk the frail son of a successful surveyor and farmer, the committed friend or, in his later life, the loving husband. One gets the sense from this book that Polk may have met Jackson only after his election to the Tennessee state legislature rather than as an impressionable young man.

Other biographers have also observed it was Jackson, ever the reliable counselor, who gently nudged Polk into a relationship with Sarah Childress who Polk eventually married. History largely ignored or forgot Polk during the Civil War, and when the public regained interest in Polk decades later popular opinion ranged from neutral to negative.

And while Haynes presents both sides of the case to such an extent he seems ambivalent at times in the end he observes that Polk was clearly a strong and capable chief executive. Overall, Sam Haynes has authored a solid and serviceable — but not often exciting — biography of James Polk. Waddington rated it really liked it Very interesting Jan 19, Fred Klein rated it really liked it Decent introduction to Polk, but it feels like a pamphlet.

If you want to learn more about Polk, you have to turn to one of the larger volumes written about him of which there have been several in recent years.

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