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The Resource Polk's folly : an American family history, William R. Polk

Polk's folly : an American family history, William R. Polk

Label
Polk's folly : an American family history
Title
Polk's folly
Title remainder
an American family history
Statement of responsibility
William R. Polk
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Traces the Polk family history from its beginnings in Ireland with Robert Pollok and his flight to the New World in 1680. Among the accomplished family members are drafters of an early Declaration of Independence, wounded soldiers of the American Revolutionary War, women taken hostage by Indians, land speculators, slaveholding aristocrats and populist crusaders, one of our greatest presidents, Civil War generals and foot soldiers from North and South, a grandfather who shot the sheriff of Laredo and became a cattle baron, the founders of the Wall Street firm Davis Polk, Patton's lead tank commander, Martin Luther King's lawyer, and the author's amazing brother, a World War II Navy pilot and journalist who was the first casualty of the Cold War
  • "In 1680, a Scots-Irish mercenary named Robert Pollok fled war-torn Ireland with his family, in search of safe haven and a better life in the New World. When Robert (now using the name "Polk") arrived in Maryland, the only land available was a wretched piece of swampfront the locals derisively dubbed "Polk's Folly." From this desperate and hardscrabble beginning, the Polk clan would flourish, and generate some of the most fascinating and colorful characters in American history." "And what a history. In these pages one finds drafters of an early Declaration of Independence, oft-wounded soldiers of the Revolutionary War, women taken hostage by Indians, land speculators, slaveholding aristocrats and populist crusaders, one of our greatest presidents, Civil War generals and foot soldiers from North and South, a grandfather who shot the sheriff of Laredo and became a cattle baron, the founders of the Wall Street firm Davis Polk, Patton's lead tank commander, Martin Luther King's lawyer, and the author's amazing brother, a World War II Navy pilot and journalist who was the first casualty of the Cold War."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polk, William R.
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E179
LC item number
.P76 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polk family
  • United States
Label
Polk's folly : an American family history, William R. Polk
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Civil War "This hideous carnival of Death"
  • Revolution and Diaspora "When things go wrong, go west"
  • War, Boom and Bust "The worst of enemies"
  • America in a New World "They die often in abject fear in the dirt."
  • Polk Family Members
  • Departure "All the Tryles, Hardships, and Dangers of the Seas"
  • Arrival "Polk's Folly"
  • Westward from Maryland "The Young Chief of the Long Knife"
  • The Revolution "The Colonists are not a Conquered People"
  • The Young Republic "That Hydra Democracy"
  • The Presidency "Mr. Polk's War"
  • The Old South "We build forever"
Control code
40940210
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxxi, 512 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385491501
Lccn
99024552
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Polk's folly : an American family history, William R. Polk
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Civil War "This hideous carnival of Death"
  • Revolution and Diaspora "When things go wrong, go west"
  • War, Boom and Bust "The worst of enemies"
  • America in a New World "They die often in abject fear in the dirt."
  • Polk Family Members
  • Departure "All the Tryles, Hardships, and Dangers of the Seas"
  • Arrival "Polk's Folly"
  • Westward from Maryland "The Young Chief of the Long Knife"
  • The Revolution "The Colonists are not a Conquered People"
  • The Young Republic "That Hydra Democracy"
  • The Presidency "Mr. Polk's War"
  • The Old South "We build forever"
Control code
40940210
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxxi, 512 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385491501
Lccn
99024552
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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