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Polk's Folly an American Family History

by William Roe Polk

  • ISBN: 9780385491518
  • ISBN10: 0385491514

Polk's Folly an American Family History

by William Roe Polk

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 07/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780385491518
  • ISBN10: 0385491514
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Description: In 1860, 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.

In these pages one finds drafters of an early Declaration of Independence, oft-wounded soldiers of the Revolutionary War, land speculators, slaveholding aristocrats and populist crusaders, one of our greatest presidents, Civil War generals and foot soldiers from North and South, Patton's lead tank commander, Martin Luther King's lawyer, and the author's brother, a World War II Navy pilot and journalist who was the first casualty of the Cold War. Epic in scope and intimate in detail -- "Polk's Folly" is a unique book about our shared past.

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