President Polk, and generations of sympathetic historians, told the American people the conflict was justified. But what if it was just blatant imperialism?
How the social and military experience of revolution shaped the diverse American republic.
The third president’s election and two terms were hailed by some as revolutionary and a national salvation, but others saw a darkness beneath Thomas Jefferson's republicanism.
When will Washington stop dividing the world into "good" and "bad" states and consider America's image and actual vital interests?