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BC: Citations "Sectionalism, 1840- 1861 (Overview)." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 5 Mar. 2013. "James Knox Polk." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography In Context. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

FC: The Presidential Legacy of James K. Polk (1845-1849) | Hannah Ford

1: The Presidential Legacy of James K. Polk | Hannah Ford

2: Political - The Northern states extolled virtues of hard work and education and supported government intervention. - Southern states help a very strong opposition for the government as wall as the dictation of morality of regulation of banking and trade. | Social - The North was in general favor of the Whig Party - The South was based on rural aristocracy; wealthy plantation owners holding most power

3: Economic Conditions - The South had an agricultural and slave based economy - The North states had a trade based and shipping economy

4: James K. Polk is one of the ten most successful presidents of all time. He acquired a million miles of the west coast, land that we now know as California, through a trade with Mexico. He also set up the independent treasury. | James Polk also settled the 49th parallel dispute. Europe and America had both been managing the Oregon territory until James Polk became president. He put pressure on Britain to settle and eventually they did. Britain and America split the boundary on the 49th parallel.

5: The Walker tariff was approved in 1846. | Polk also brought back the Independent treasury system. The Treasury now held the government's money where as independent financial institutions where doing so before.

6: The long term effects of James Polk's presidency are still around today.

7: The acquisition of California added a million miles to the West Coast. The dispute over the 49th parallel created the area that now consists of Oregon and Washington.

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