Lesson plans to bring Polk's story to life.
James K. Polk's life is a perfect access point for students of all ages to learn about key American history concepts like manifest destiny, immigration, race & slavery, politics & government, and more.
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The Dark Horse
James K. Polk was a surprise nominee for President in 1844. Despite his reputation as a "dark horse," Polk was able to win the election on a platform of westward expansion. Eplore campaigning in the 1800s through primary sources.
President Polk added more than a million square miles of territory to the United States with lasting impact on America.
In his final address to Congress, President Polk confirmed rumors of gold discovered in California. It triggered a mass migration to the area from around the world with profound impact on U.S. culture and economy.
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