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manifest destiny,

belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, by force, as used against Native Americans, if necessary. The controversy over slavery further fueled expansionism, as the North and South each wanted the nation to admit new states that supported its section's economic, political, and slave policies. By the end of the 19th cent., this belief was used to support expansion in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
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These wooded corridors have been suggested as the cause for westward movements of woodland species, and changes in land use probably are related to westward movements of C.
And the westward movement did not stop at the shores of California.
Because of his rural roots and captivation by the saga of people migrating across the land and the influence of the land on people, his main focus was Americans' westward movement and the opening of the frontier.
Does the Channel separate the westward islands from that cape, or are all frontiers now dissolving in the westward movement of Asia?
After two straight summers of rapid westward movement, the West Nile virus is poised to complete its sweep of the continental United States and arrive in California this year.
For the western gold rushes and "women in waiting", see Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement (Norman, 1994) and Roberts, American Alchemy.
This year was characterized by the big westward movement of emigrants across the continent, a severe unprecedented late April killing frost and snowstorm in the Southeastern states, a cold summer over much of the West, and a sharp cold West/warm East contrast in the 1848-49 winter.
Marketed to the American people as only a military alliance designed to check any westward movement of the Soviet Bloc, NATO won immediate -- though not unanimous -- approval in the U.
Nell Irvin Painter further emphasizes that these former slaves' westward movement as a means of "seeking their fortune" was a means of participating in the American Dream, in that it replicated the movement of "other immigrants to the United States" (ix).
The Daughters of the American Revolution wanted a project to establish a memorial highway along emigrant trails to the west and also to commemorate women's roles in the westward movement.
The American economy underwent a series of profound changes between 1820 and 1860--including the completion of the Erie Canal, the growth of commercial banking, industrialization in the Northeast, breakthroughs in the mechanization of agriculture, a 10-fold increase in cotton production, the rapid westward movement of population, the construction of over 30,000 miles of railroads, and (after 1845) the highest per capita rate of immigration in the country's history.
Remington's work both reflected prevailing attitudes and furthered a vision of the Westward Movement that still influences us today.