Polk's America

Polk's America

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.... Show More

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Born within a year of James K. Polk, Robert Stewart's life and career parallels the 11th President's in many ways. Stewart's business in antebellum Natchez, Mississippi, has much to teach us about craft, labor, business, and society in Polk's America, as well as the decorative arts of the too-often-forgotten Gulf South.

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Musicologist and author Dr. Douglas Shadle traces the origins of American symphonic music through the experiences of Anthony Philip Heinrich, William Henry Fry, and George Frederick Bristow. These composers were contemporaries of many of Europe's classical music masters, yet they were shut out of symphonic music halls in the their own country. Join us as we explore what happened to change the trajectory of American symphonic hi...

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February 11, 2020 28 min

On July 28, 1841, Mary Rogers was found dead in the Hudson River at 20 years of age. Speculation swirled: Was it gang violence? A botched abortion? Was she murdered by her fiancé, who later committed suicide? Mary Rogers' murder was never solved, although its sensationalized presence in the media (even brought to literature by Edgar Allan Poe) ensured Mary's story never truly died.

The President James K. Polk Home and Museum...

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In 1839 James Polk was elected the 9th governor of Tennessee. Polk's tireless campaigning led the Democrats to a stunning victory that thrust Polk into the national spotlight. On this episode Dr. Barry Gidcomb of Columbia State Community College discusses the governorship of James K. Polk and how Polk's national ambition affected his ability to govern on the state level.

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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

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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...

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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.

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