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AMERICAN CIVILIZATION UNITED STATES HISTORY 170 Rhett S. James Marcio Carvalheiro History 170 Chapter 13 October 14, 2008 The Impending Crisis 1.  Manifest Destiny Manifest Destiny reflected both the growing pride that characterized  American nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century and the idealistic  vision of social perfection that fueled so much of the reform energy of the  time. It rested on the idea that America was destined by God and by history  to expand its boundaries over a vast area. By the 1840’s, the idea of  Manifest Destiny had spread throughout the nation, publicized by the new  “penny press” which made newspapers available to a far greater proportion  of the population than ever before. Some advocates of Manifest Destiny  had relatively limited territorial goals others envisioned a vast new “empire  of liberty” that would include Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Pacific  islands, and ultimately, a few dreamed, much of the rest of the world.  Henry Clay and others warned that territorial expansion would reopen the  painful controversy over slavery. 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2012 for the course HIST 2710 taught by Professor Rethjames during the Spring '09 term at Utah Valley University.

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