A Mandate for Manifest Destiny

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A Mandate for Manifest Destiny a. Nominations For the Presidency i. Whigs – Henry Clay (Some Whigs feared American expansion because they were concerned about slavery in the new territories, while other supported it by peaceful means) ii. Democrats – James K. Polk (Van Buren was against annexing Texas, so this ensured his defeat) b. James K. Polk i. Was Speaker of the House for 4 years ii. Governor of Tennessee for two terms iii. Favored by Andrew Jackson c. Manifest Destiny and the Election i. In the 1840s and 1850s, many citizens felt a mission that God had “manifestly” destined the American people to have all of the continent and possibly South America as well. John O’Sullivan, an American journalist, wrote an article pushing for the annexation of Texas and coined the phrase “Manifest Destiny” ii. This came out of post-1812 War nationalism, reform impulse of the 1830s, and the need for new resources iii. Most Democrats favored expansion and incorporated it in their campaign (with Texas and Oregon) iv. Clay wrote a series of confusing letters over the crucial issue of Texas. They seemed to say that while he personally
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2012 for the course HISTORY 104 taught by Professor Reed during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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