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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.

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.

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Episodes

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

9/19/2019
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What does it mean to be a nation of conspiracy theorists? Dr. Erik Schmeller of Tennessee State University digs into the deep roots of conspiracy theory in America from the assassination attempt of Andrew Jackson to the life and legend of the Great American Land Pirate, John A. Murrell. featuring music from the Andy Owens Project

Duration:00:28:18

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

8/8/2019
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Dr. Mark Cheathem is an award-winning author and the project director and co-editor of the Papers of Martin Van Buren. His most recent book, The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson, examines the presidential campaign of 1840 and the impacts this consequential election has had on modern campaign strategies and public perception. featuring musical performances by historical interpreters Mark and Debbie Lewis

Duration:00:24:15

Episode 1: Candice Candeto | Crafted by Conscience

4/24/2019
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In the inaugural episode of the Polk's America Podcast, James K. Polk Home and Museum curator, Candice Candeto, explains the new exhibit, Crafted by Conscience: Material and Belief in Polk's America. Also, the host takes you on a walk through the gallery highlighting some of the objects on loan from over 16 different museums and institutions. Crafted by Conscience runs until the end of September 2019.

Duration:00:27:43