Expansionism, Slavery, and Sectionalism: James K. Polk and American Enlargement under the Fluctuating Forces of Manifest Destiny

  • David Fotouhi College of Arts and Science of Vanderbilt University

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between President James K. Polk’s progressive ambition in the national electorate and the geographic expansion of the United States, particularly with regard to the social and religious foundations for manifest destiny in the public conscience. The author finds that manifest destiny played a central role in President James K. Polk’s successful campaign for the White House as well as his handling of foreign and domestic affairs.

Author Biography

David Fotouhi, College of Arts and Science of Vanderbilt University
I am a junior in the college of Arts and Science from Oklahoma City, OK majoring in Political Science and History.
Published
08-12-2006
How to Cite
FOTOUHI, David. Expansionism, Slavery, and Sectionalism: James K. Polk and American Enlargement under the Fluctuating Forces of Manifest Destiny. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 2, aug. 2006. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://vurj.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/2743>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v2i0.2743.
Section
Humanities and Social Sciences

Keywords

American Expansion; James K. Polk