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Polk's Compromise

During the 1844 US presidential election, James K. Polk's primary platform was the expansion of Manifest Destiny focusing on the annexation of Texas and the United States-British Canadian border. He promised the coordinates of Fifty-four - Forty at the Northern border. After he won the presidency men coined the slogan"Fifty-Four - Forty or Fight". Barely escaping war, secretly Polk signed a treaty with England for the Forty-ninth rather than the Fifty-forth parallel. From that point forward many American's and politicians of the era felt he was weak because of his compromise which gave America less land.



As women did not have a political voice during this period of history, their silent voice was heard through textile masterpieces, including the block "Fifty-four -Forty or Fight."






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Joan Sheppard
Oct 13, 2020

My husband drives from Minn to Anchorage with dogs for the Iditarod. They must carry numerous papers to let the dogs cross into/out of Canada. Who knew that Alaska would then become part of the U. S.?

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Susan Nixon
Oct 13, 2020

I didn't realize it had consequences for him. Just think. We could have gotten to Alaska without going through Canada!

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Joan Sheppard
Oct 13, 2020

These little potatoes are adorable! Back in the day when we made doll houses from shoe boxes, we used cotton balls covered with scraps from panty hose, then made knots in thread for the potato eyes. Love the history lesson. Women may not have had the vote but we had a voice. The difference in these 2 quilts is amazing. Thanks.

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