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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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46) Frederick Merk, writing soon after Burns and drawing on his work, distinguished between Manifest Destiny and mission, seeing Manifest Destiny as the spirit of conquest, while mission was alien to imperialism and simply the impulse "to redeem the Old World by high example.
I laud my colleague for wrestling with these issues with openness and transparency and for admitting the influence of the cultural baggage of manifest destiny.
Amanda Porterfield introduces the role of sex, violence, and gender to American ideas of manifest destiny and the providentially guided incorporation of Louisiana into the early American republic.
It is rather ironic that the US has moved on from possessing a manifest destiny to rule the world, or at least to shape it in its own, to a position of having to bribe its allies in the region, by satisfying their fixation for more weapons, and by dangling the carrot of Middle East conference to solve the Palestinian problem, in order to extricate itself from Iraq, and avoid having to go into conflict with Iran while Presidential elections are looming.
It is a story of the ugly side of the Manifest Destiny.
From her farm-girl childhood, early training and initial successes at home, the Nilsson story presented here makes the formation of this iconic dramatic soprano sound like a mixture of happenstance and manifest destiny.
Protestant American Manifest Destiny be came both a powerful unifying psychological force for the early American colonists as well as a stimulant for aggressive westward conquest.
Hufbauer tells readers that the town of Independence was closely tied to the idea of Manifest Destiny and was considered "a jumping-off point" for American settlers heading west to Oregon and California.
This great book is the finest telling of Manifest Destiny that has lasting impact on all of us in the American West.
But the mindset fit with the 19th-century American belief in Manifest Destiny, the notion that westward territorial expansion was the inevitable mission of the nation.
It says, 'Due to the increasing popularity of the Cardiff Bay and neighbouring areas with new media and biotechnology clusters, the manifest destiny is to have businesses and luxury apartments connect Cardiff city centre with Cardiff Bay, making Grangetown obsolete.
In Manifest Destiny, on this month's cover, Rockman imagines Brooklyn 3,000 years in the future.