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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