Table of Contents for Polk : The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America


LIST OF MAPS xi
INTRODUCTION: DARK HORSE, BRIGHT LAND xiii
A PROLOGUE IN TWO PARTS xv
KEY DATES IN THE LIFE OF JAMES K. POLK xxi
PART I THE MAN
1 Old Hickory's Boy
5
2 Carrying the Water
19
3 Tennessee and Old Tippecanoe
57
4 The Last Defeat
52
5 Hands Off Texas
67
6 A Summons from Old Hickory
84
7 Baltimore, 1844
94
8 "Who Is James Polk?"
111
PART II THE C0NQUEST
9 Making Good on Texas
133
10 Standing Firm on Oregon
150
11 Eyeing California
170
12 Mission to Mexico
190
13 American Blood upon American Soil"
202
14 54°40' or Compromise!
216
15 To Santa Fe and Beyond
233
16 Mr. Polk's War
253
17 Old Bullion's Son-in-Law
269
18 A President on the Spot
286
19 Securing the Spoils
300
20 The Whigs Find Another General
316
21 Homeward Round
531
22 Presidential Assessment
345
EPILOGUE: SARAH 558
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 361
NOTES 363
BIBLIOGRAPHY 596
INDEX 105