How James K. Polk Gave Us the U.S.-Mexico Border

Today, the United States is separated from Latin America by a superimposed 1,833-mile border – a bloody scar, as Gloria Anzaldúa reminds us, caused by the First and Third Worlds rubbing up against each other. This is not a natural boundary; instead, this border was...

James K. Polk: Our Worst President?

Some wars fall between the cracks. That appears to be what happened with Polk’s War. James K. Polk was our 11th president. He is often listed as the worst president we’ve ever had. Polk’s War was actually the Mexican War of 1846-48. Before and during...