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Unformatted text preview: HIST 144: Class Notes 11/15/07 Manifest Destiny and the Republic of Texas (1830-1850) Theme that is pervasive in society today. An idea. Not a one-time event. Expansion of political borders. Mexican-American war in 1840s. Westward movement Outline I. Envisioning Manifest Destiny II. Founding of the Republic of Texas III. To Join or Not to Join – THAT is the Question IV. Remembering the Alamo: The Legacy of Manifest Destiny a. Is Manifest Destiny over? Religious movement America = God’s chosen country Main Points • Much of westward expansion was driven by ideas of manifest destiny. • The founding of Republic of Texas increased tensions over slavery in the U.S. • The Mexican-American war was the first wide-scale armed conflict in the name of manifest destiny. o 1 st war U.S. wins Felt Americans had to civilize Spanish, Mexicans, Califorios, etc....
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- Fall '07
- Manifest Destiny, Native Americans in the United States, American Civil War, James K. Polk