In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage.
Demands for the outright end of slavery stayed on the fringe as the nation tumbled toward civil war.
President Polk, and generations of sympathetic historians, told the American people the conflict was justified. But what if it was just blatant imperialism?
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He was a historic champion of the common man, but he was also a power-obsessed bigot and perhaps the most divisive U.S. president ever.
On the heels of the War of 1812, society began to drastically change due to government action and technological innovation. As some Americans prospered, many were left to wither.