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The Presidency: James K. Polk & the War with Mexico

President James K. Polk by George Healy (1858)

President James K. Polk by George Healy (1858)

Charlottesville, Virginia
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Author and Oxford University history professor emeritus Daniel Walker Howe discusses our 11th President - James K. Polk - and the Mexican- American War. In 1845, the United States annexed Texas from Mexico.  Following the Texas annexation, President Polk also wanted to acquire California. This eventually led to war with Mexico – a war that lasted from April 25, 1846 through February 2, 1848.
 The Miller Center at the University of Virginia hosted this event.

Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:15pm (ET)

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