Polk’s America | Scott Harris
In 1823, James Monroe penned the Monroe Doctrine. 23 years later, James Polk used it to justify the greatest expansion of US territory yet.
Join us for another virtual edition of Polk’s America with the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, VA!
The Monroe Doctrine, the most enduring legacy of the presidency of James Monroe (1817-1825), served as a cornerstone of American foreign policy for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. James K. Polk interpreted and employed the Doctrine to secure North America from European influence and foster an expansionist foreign policy by the United States.
Special guest Scott H. Harris will compare Monroe’s and Polk’s conduct of international relations and the ways in which they shaped the course of U.S. history.
7PM Central / 8PM Eastern. Virtual-only. Polk’s America is always free!
Scott H. Harris became Executive Director of the University of Mary Washington Museums in January 2018. This followed six years as Director of the James Monroe Museum, which is administered by the university. He was previously Director of the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and Director of Historic Resources for the City of Manassas, Virginia.
Mr. Harris received his BA with honors in history and historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington in 1983, and an MA in history and museum administration from the College of William and Mary in 1988.
Mr. Harris is a peer reviewer for the accreditation and assessment programs of the American Alliance of Museums and an editorial advisor for White House History Quarterly, the journal of the White House Historical Association. His published articles have appeared in the Augusta Historical Bulletin; Civil War Traveler; Dictionary of Virginia Biography; White House History Quarterly; and numerous other history and travel publications.