Lecture 23

Lecture 23 - "Manifest Destiny": An Empire for Liberty or...

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“Manifest Destiny”: An Empire for Liberty – or Slavery?
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Introduction Territorial expansion to the Pacific : Texas annexation (1845), Oregon acquisition (1846), Mexican War (1846-48) The issue of slavery’s expansion
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Manifest Destiny ” a phrase coined by John O’Sullivan the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” “Annexation,” Democratic Review , 1845 “…that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.” “The True Title,” New York Morning News , 1845
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Democratic Party’s enthusiasm for territorial expansion Democratic Nominee: James Polk 1844 election Polk over Clay (Whig)
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1803 - S ize of the United States is doubled
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Oregon Trail - Main migration route to the Northwest
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Santa Fe Trail - Main migration route to the Southwest
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John Gast, American Progress (1872)
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of Texas (1845)
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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Lecture 23 - "Manifest Destiny": An Empire for Liberty or...

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