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America, 1800-1850. Join us as we welcome leading scholars and museum professionals from across the nation to our small town in Tennessee. We'll explore this dynamic, divisive, and defining period in American history from every angle to see what Polk's America has to say to our present.
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Polk’s America is presented at the Maury County Public Library in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. Partnering with the public library is one way our lecture series is committed to making excellent scholarship accessible and welcoming to all. Join us!
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Now you can join Polk’s America no matter where you live. Host Thomas Samuel breaks down each lecture with bonus music, interviews, and stories to take the discussion to the next level.
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