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But President Polk
did not want war with Mexico, rather he hoped for a peaceful settlement of the issues dividing the neighboring nations.
His British-backed drive to settle Irish settlers in California brought on the Mexican-American War as President Polk
was spurred to stop British colonizing on the Pacific Coast in 1846.
The Mexican War began when President Polk
cited an attack on American troops in Texas - troops he had deliberately placed there to provoke Mexico.
When President Polk
got a divided Congress to agree to support his war with Mexico, it represented the first time the American nation would engage another republic in battle.
The book uses a contemporary tone when speaking of the politics of the past, without historicism or gimmicks; readers are alerted to the election of President Polk
or the votes-for-women question as fresh news and a live issue for people of that time, exactly as our elections and issues are now.
Merry, a former newspaperman and a nonfiction author of note, retells the story of the extraordinary accomplishments of the hardly dramatic President Polk
, who did dramatic things during his busy single term in office in the 1840s, concentrating on the war with Mexico that followed the annexation of Texas.
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The article quotes President Polk
as saying that the U.
Fowler also depicts Santa Anna as a trickster who persuaded the Texans to let him go without giving up anything of substance and later tricked President Polk
into funding Mexico's defense in the Mexican-American War.
sent the House a list of the amounts in the contingent fund for the relevant period, which was prior to his term, but refused to furnish documentation of the uses that had been made of the expenditures on the grounds that a sitting President should not publically reveal the confidences of his predecessors.
Professor Polk is a descendant of President Polk
and the brother of the noted George Polk, is here today from his home in southern France and he will join me at the podium as I conclude this impartial interrogation of President Bush.