In this unprecedented, long-overdue warts-and-all look at Polk’s life and career, we have a portrait of an expansionist president and decisive statesman who redefined the country he led, and we are reminded anew of the true meaning of presidential accomplishment and resolve.
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James Knox Polk was the eleventh president of the United States, leading the country during the Mexican-American War. The White House is the official residence in Washington DC of the President of the United States. After Texas gained independence, its annexation to the United States created diplomatic problems with Mexico and internal controversy over slavery. The Mexican-American War was widely unpopular at home and gained vast new territories while leaving domestic issues like slavery unsettled.