Enslaved and Entrenched: Elias Polk

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Zacharie Kinslow’s research focuses on the life and career of Elias Polk. Once enslaved by President James K. Polk, Elias rose from the confines of bondage to become a leading black conservative in the American southeast. Supporting southern Democrats, who had earlier enslaved him and his people, Elias Polk’s story reveals a complex and pragmatic figure who did what he could to survive in post-Civil War America, while also actively working to secure and perpetuate African-American economic independence.

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