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A brief history
Schools should be named after role models. My school is named after a person who used racist ideas to steal land, and he opposed ending slavery. We should change the name of my school because James K. Polk is not a person to celebrate.
Where we are today
I have collected over 3,000 signatures and received unanimous support from the student council officers at my school. I am proud to have won the Fresno Center for Nonviolence Youth Way of Peace Award.
How Polk Influenced Hitler
1844-1877 Manifest Destiny
Hitler was inspired by Polk so much he talked about implementing actions done in Polk's Manifest Destiny:
NAZI GERMANY’S RACE LAWS, THE UNITED STATES, AND AMERICAN INDIANS https://scholarship.law.stjohns.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7173&context=lawreview
Hitler's Autobiography Mein Kamph: https://greatwar.nl/books/meinkampf/meinkampf.pdf
Polk secretly buying and separating children from enslaved parents:
An account of an enslaved woman on the era: Harriet Jacobs on Rape and Slavery, 1860: