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James Knox Polk and Hail to the Chief II


Lead: The use of the stirring, heroic melody, Hail to the Chief, was ritualized by First Lady Sarah Childress Polk, dealing with her husband’s public relations problems. The story behind the tune, however, is not very good news for a politician. Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. Content:

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James Knox Polk and Hail to the Chief I


Lead: Frustrated that her husband was being ignored at social and political events, the First Lady determined that the president needed a theme song. Of such are traditions born. Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. Content: James Knox Polk was an unprepossessing man. He was short, he usually

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Missouri Compromise II


Lead: With the U.S. Senate in gridlock over the admission of Missouri to the union as a slave state, policy makers turned to Speaker of the House Henry Clay of Kentucky. He helped broker the Missouri Compromise, both of them. Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. Content: Until

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