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Polk and the Transformation of American Political Campaigning


In conjunction with "The Face of a President" exhibition, the Polk Home will host a free program at 7pm, Thursday, October 16, that centers on one campaign medium--the lithograph. 

During the 1840's, the use of lithography and other campaign innovations transformed antebellum politics, with Democrats and Whigs taking different approaches to the new type of presidential campaigning.  Dr. Mark Cheathem will examine this changing antebellum political culture and its influence on James K. Polk.

Dr. Cheathem is the author of OLD HICKORY'S NEPHEW: THE POLITICAL AND PRIVATE STRUGGLES OF ANDREW JACKSON DONELSON and ANDREW JACKSON, SOUTHERNER .  He earned his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, and currently serves as an associate professor of history at Cumberland University (his undergraduate alma mater).

"The Face of a President" is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee.  The exhibition will run through January 11, 2015.

General Grant Program