Thursday, August 26, 2004

President James Polk, Mississippi Slave Owner

Being a librarian does sometimes have its advantages. Today I was cataloging a book which came into our collection. As I was checking its table of contents against the record for spelling errors and accuracy, I noticed that the subject of the book, President Polk, owned a plantation in Mississippi. The book is called Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk and was written by William Dusinberre. Glancing through the book, I noticed that his plantation was in Yalobusha County. It is certainly an interesting connection to the state's history.


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