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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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But if you believe in your own version of manifest destiny, I'm sure you've already taken a look at how and where you can grow, and believe it is only a matter of time.
Levine's last three chapters (post Brockden Brown) may suggest a new trope worth considering: African American writers as leaders in a multifaceted literary history of American nationalism, be they conjoined to the abolitionist cause of many white authors, working with the expansionist cause of Manifest Destiny (even taking aim at the Caribbean), promoting pride and unity in the face of oppression, or negotiating a place in the hegemony of a national narrative.
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.
To the credit of Callahan and the rest of the contributors, New Territories, New Perspectives does not get bogged down in a nationalist narrative of the Louisiana Purchase based on the motifs of manifest destiny, the collision of empires, westward expansion, and the inevitability of Protestant advancement onto a fabled American frontier.
This ambitious agenda, known as Manifest Destiny, was a divisive political issue leading up to Lincoln's election in 1860.
Appeal judges in June last year ruled that the Evening Standard of London, which brought the bankruptcy petition, was perfectly entitled to publish a review of Mr Burstein's opera, Manifest Destiny, that expressed strong opinions.
Walter McDougall, author of Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter With the Worm Since 1776, writes that American exceptionalism, unilateralism, the Monroe Doctrine (against outside encroachments into our hemisphere), and Manifest Destiny (on behalf of our westward expansion) were "designed by the founding fathers to deny the outside world the chance to shape America's future.
Gems details how sport became just another tool for invading and oppressing foreign lands as part of the vision of manifest destiny.
It is a story of the ugly side of the Manifest Destiny.
Whitman's timeless vision of American's manifest destiny, a concept first coined in 1843, suggests a blending of east and west through racial mixing and international communications not unlike some contemporary university campus life, where, for example, Berkeley can boast of a 48% Asian-American undergraduate population while being completely wired for the Internet in all classrooms and dormitory rooms.
This great book is the finest telling of Manifest Destiny that has lasting impact on all of us in the American West.