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America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation

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The presidential election of 1844 was one of the two or three most momentous elections in American history. Had Henry Clay won instead of James K. Polk, we’d be living in a very different country today. Polk’s victory cemented the westward expansion that brought Texas, California, and Oregon into the union. It also took place amid religious turmoil that included anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic violence. All of these elements illustrate the competing visions of the American future—Democrats versus Whigs, Mormons versus Millerites, nativists versus Catholics, those who risked the venture westward versus those who stayed safely behind—and how Polk’s election cemented the vision of a continental nation.

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Cordelia A. Greene Library - Castile 324.73 BIC (Text)
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52136000367945
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Dansville Public Library 324.73 BIC (Text)
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52117300371530
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Lyons Public Library 324.73 BIC (Text)
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52141300392692
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