unit 7 essay 2 - for patriotic, economic, moral, or...

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Manifest Destiny was the idea of divine sanction for the territorial expansion of the United States and to spread the benefits of American democracy to others. This idea of expansion was associated with the Democratic Party but opposed by the Whig party. In Out of many: a history of the American people, this idea of expansion not only helped the nation grow but also divided the people. In 1845 John O’Sullivan wrote, “Our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions” (Faragher, Buhle, Czitrom, & Armitage, 2009). Mr. Sullivan believed that American had a God given right to expand the nation and bring the benefits of American democracy to others. This was his view as a member of the Democratic Party and his party members felt the same way, yet there were others who did not feel the same way especially the Whig party. There were many different interpretations and opinions regarding manifest destiny. Many people supported manifest destiny
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Unformatted text preview: for patriotic, economic, moral, or spiritual reasons. Others, particularly southerners, supported it because they thought it would help spread slavery. However, some opposed manifest destiny because they believed that its supporters were using it as an excuse to justify their own means, these members were of the Whig party, mostly from the north. They believed that the idea of manifest destiny would be used as justification for the extension of slavery to new territories. This divided the country based on the reasoning for expansion. Most Whigs favored the industrial growth while most Democrats opposed it because they believed it lead to economic depression and social unrest (Faragher et al., 2009). References Faragher, J.M., Buhle, M.J., Czitrom, D., & Armitage, S.H. (2009) Out of many: a history of the American people, Volume I (5 th ed.),. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall....
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