This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on the presidency of James K Polk & a summary of issues which led up to his election. Both presentations together number 32 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
James Knox Polk was the 11th (and youngest at the time), President of the United States. Polk was born in Pineville, NC but he later lived in and represented TN.A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Tennessee.
Polk was the surprise candidate for president in 1844, defeating Henry Clay of the rival Whig Party by promising to annex Texas. Polk’s legacy was the expansion of the United States. Polk’s annexation of Texas led to the Mexican-American War from 1846–1848, and the U.S. victory thereby led to the acquisition of large territories in the Southwest.
Additional territories along the Pacific coast and the northern border of the United States was also established under Polk. The Department of the Interior, the Naval Academy and the Smithsonian were all established under Polk.
Power point #1 is entitled, Presidents - #11 - James K Polk and contains 19 slides and covers the following:
Approaching the Presidency
The Presidency & Expansionism
"54-40 or fight!“
Polk as President
Annexation of Texas
End of Presentation
Martin Van Buren angered southern Democrats by opposing annexation. The Democratic convention cast aside the ex-president and front-runner for the first dark horse, TN’s James K. Polk. After almost silently breaking with Van Buren over TX, PA’s George M. Dallas was nominated for vice president to appease Van Buren’s supporters.
The election of 1844 introduced expansion and slavery as important political issues and contributed to westward and southern growth and sectionalism. Southerners of both parties sought to annex TX and expand slavery.
The election of 1848 underscored the increasingly important role of slavery in national politics. Democratic president James K. Polk did not seek reelection.
Power point #2 is entitled, US Presidential Elections - Election of 1844 & 1848 - Polk-Taylor and contains 13 slides and covers the following:
U.S. Presidential Elections
Election of 1844
First “Dark Horse”
Election of 1844: Issues
James K Polk Wins
Election of 1848
Role of Slavery
Free Soil Party
Zachery Taylor Wins
Forces in Motion
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....US Presidents.