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Manifest Destiny Nineteenth Century In the 1840s, a journalist named John O’Sullivan invented a new phrase. “ Manifest Destiny ” was used to describe what he believed was the mission of America: to spread democracy and American values by annexing the entire North American continent . Before long, this phrase became a slogan for anyone who believed that the nation should stretch “from sea to shining sea.” Although the phrase was new, the idea certainly was not. For many years, Americans had been pushing their geographic boundaries farther and farther west , always looking for new land and a better way of life. Manifest destiny begins with the belief that the American way of life is the very best. American laws are the most just, its government the most sound , its values the most righteous. For this reason, God called upon America to show others the way. Since it came from God, Americans also believed they had to take whatever actions were necessary to complete their mission, despite the consequences. In 1845, some Americans believed that Texas would bring the

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