Lead: In 1845 because of his campaign promises, newly elected President James Knox Polk faced the daunting possibility of war with both Britain and Mexico at the same time.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1845, it was clear that acquiring Texas was going take the nation into war, it was less clear that war with Britain would be required to resolve their differences over the Oregon border. Polk was willing to back off from the extravagant claims that many expansionists made that American territory should go all the way to the 54th parallel, deep into what is now Canada. In this formulation was the heart of a compromise.

 

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