James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

Michael Cohen Discussion

The program is out and registration is open for “James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project”!

Join us in April to celebrate the completion of the James K. Polk Project. Begun in 1958, the project is about to finish its fourteen-volume letterpress and digital series of the Correspondence of James K. Polk. These volumes, featuring annotated transcriptions of thousands of letters from 1817–49, enable twenty-first-century readers to use the nineteenth-century documents. They have nurtured diverse scholarship on antebellum America.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee History Department, the conference will be held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, in Knoxville, on April 12–13, 2019. Academic scholars, public historians, and community members will take stock of what we now know about the eleventh U.S. president and assess the contributions of the project to historical study. Presentations will include a keynote address by Amy S. Greenberg, a roundtable of Polk experts chaired by John C. Pinheiro, and a screening of a Polk documentary by Brian Rose.

To read the preliminary program, register, and book your hotel room, go to polkproject.utk.edu/conference. Registration is free. Contact us with any questions at jameskpolk@utk.edu.