The Resource A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent, Robert W. Merry

A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent, Robert W. Merry

Label
A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent
Title
A country of vast designs
Title remainder
James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent
Statement of responsibility
Robert W. Merry
Title variation
James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Merry examines how, in a one-term presidency, James K. Polk completed the story of America's Manifest Destiny by expanding its territory across the continent
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Merry, Robert W.
Dewey number
  • 973.6/1092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E417
LC item number
.M1153 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polk, James K.
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
Label
A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent, Robert W. Merry
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 479-550) and index
Contents
Ritual of democracy: the emergence of an expansionist president -- Young Hickory: the making of a Jackson protégé -- Tennessee and Washington: the rise and fall of a presidential loyalist -- The 1844 election: searching for a means of political recovery -- Texas: dawn of a new era -- Baltimore: America's first political dark horse -- Polk vs. Clay: answering the question, "Who is James K. Polk?" -- The victor: preparing for the mantle of leadership -- Taking charge: America's zest for grand ambitions -- Annexation complete: diplomacy, intrigue, and the force of politics -- The United States and Oregon: "The people here are worn out by delay" -- The United States and Mexico: divergent new world cultures on a path to war -- Britain and Mexico: playing with prospects of a dual war -- The Twenty-ninth Congress: Polk takes command of the national agenda -- End of a treaty: diplomacy and politics at war with each other -- War: "every consideration of duty and patriotism" -- Vagaries of war: "and may there be no recreant soul to fail or falter now" -- Presidential temperament: "I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government" -- Wilmot's proviso: transformation of the war debate -- The war in the West: patriotism, duty, adventure, and glory -- The new face of war: "we are yet to have a long and wearisome struggle" -- The politics of rancor: constitutional usurpation vs. moral treason -- Dilatory Congress: the challenge of presidential leadership -- Veracruz and beyond: grappling with Mexico's military defiance -- Scott and Trist: a clash of policy and temperament -- Mexico City: the pivot of personality -- The specter of conquest: "Have we conquered peace? Have we obtained a treaty?" -- Treaty: from Trist to Polk to the Senate -- Peace: California, New Mexico, and the Union -- Final months: "solemnly impressed with the... emptiness of worldly honors" -- Legacy: the price of presidential accomplishment
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 576 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780743297431
Lccn
2009024131
Other physical details
ill., map, ports.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2150990-01umb_inst
  • 2262190
  • (Sirsi) i9780743297431
  • (OCoLC)310397742
Label
A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent, Robert W. Merry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 479-550) and index
Contents
Ritual of democracy: the emergence of an expansionist president -- Young Hickory: the making of a Jackson protégé -- Tennessee and Washington: the rise and fall of a presidential loyalist -- The 1844 election: searching for a means of political recovery -- Texas: dawn of a new era -- Baltimore: America's first political dark horse -- Polk vs. Clay: answering the question, "Who is James K. Polk?" -- The victor: preparing for the mantle of leadership -- Taking charge: America's zest for grand ambitions -- Annexation complete: diplomacy, intrigue, and the force of politics -- The United States and Oregon: "The people here are worn out by delay" -- The United States and Mexico: divergent new world cultures on a path to war -- Britain and Mexico: playing with prospects of a dual war -- The Twenty-ninth Congress: Polk takes command of the national agenda -- End of a treaty: diplomacy and politics at war with each other -- War: "every consideration of duty and patriotism" -- Vagaries of war: "and may there be no recreant soul to fail or falter now" -- Presidential temperament: "I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government" -- Wilmot's proviso: transformation of the war debate -- The war in the West: patriotism, duty, adventure, and glory -- The new face of war: "we are yet to have a long and wearisome struggle" -- The politics of rancor: constitutional usurpation vs. moral treason -- Dilatory Congress: the challenge of presidential leadership -- Veracruz and beyond: grappling with Mexico's military defiance -- Scott and Trist: a clash of policy and temperament -- Mexico City: the pivot of personality -- The specter of conquest: "Have we conquered peace? Have we obtained a treaty?" -- Treaty: from Trist to Polk to the Senate -- Peace: California, New Mexico, and the Union -- Final months: "solemnly impressed with the... emptiness of worldly honors" -- Legacy: the price of presidential accomplishment
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 576 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780743297431
Lccn
2009024131
Other physical details
ill., map, ports.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2150990-01umb_inst
  • 2262190
  • (Sirsi) i9780743297431
  • (OCoLC)310397742

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