Scholars ready to fight

1844

In this letter, “fifty odd scholars” of Mandeville College in Louisiana advised President James K. Polk not to relinquish an inch of Oregon. They not only echoed his 1844 campaign slogan of “Fifty-four Forty or Fight,” they also offered their 50 bodies and 50 muskets to affirm the American claim.

National Archives, General Records of the Department of State


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