President James Polk, Mississippi Slave Owner
Being a librarian does sometimes have its advantages. Today I was cataloging a book which came into our collection. As I was checking its table of contents against the record for spelling errors and accuracy, I noticed that the subject of the book, President Polk, owned a plantation in Mississippi. The book is called Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk and was written by William Dusinberre. Glancing through the book, I noticed that his plantation was in Yalobusha County. It is certainly an interesting connection to the state's history.