Manifest Destiny

manifest destiny, belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, by force, as used against Native Americans, if necessary. The controversy over slavery further fueled expansionism, as the North and South each wanted the nation to admit new states that supported its section's economic, political, and slave policies. By the end of the 19th cent., this belief was used to support expansion in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Manifest Destiny and Empire: American Antebellum Expansionism
Robert W. Johannsen; John M. Belohlavek; Sam W. Haynes; Christopher Morris; Thomas R. Hietala; Samuel J. Watson; Robert E. May; Sam W. Haynes.
Texas A&M University Press, 1997
Manifest Destiny: Many 19th-Century Americans Believed Their Young Nation Was Destined to Extend the Benefits of Freedom and Opportunity across the Continent-From Sea to Shining Sea
Hoar, William P.
The New American, Vol. 19, No. 15, July 28, 2003
Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821
Frank Lawrence Owsley Jr.; Gene A. Smith.
University of Alabama Press, 1997
Manifest Destiny's Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America
Robert E. May.
University of North Carolina Press, 2002
American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority
Wilber W. Caldwell.
Algora, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Manifest Destiny and Continental Expansion"
Storm over Mexico: Godfrey Hodgson Tells the Colourful Story of Jane McManus, Political Journalist, Land Speculator, Pioneer Settler in Texas and Propagandist Who Believed That the United States Had a 'Manifest Destiny' to Rule Mexico and the Caribbean
Hodgson, Godfrey.
History Today, Vol. 55, No. 3, March 2005
The Removal of the Cherokee Nation: Manifest Destiny or National Dishonor?
Louis Filler; Allen Guttmann.
D. C. Heath, 1962
United States Expansionism and British North America, 1775-1871
Reginald C. Stuart.
University of North Carolina Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Part 2 "The Era of Manifest Destiny, 1815-1860"
An Interpretive History of American Foreign Relations
Wayne S. Cole.
Dorsey Press, 1974 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Part II "Manifest Destiny, 1816-1860"
History and Progress: In Search of the European and American Mind
Margarita Mathiopoulos.
Praeger Publishers, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Frontier and Manifest Destiny"
Space, Time, and Freedom: The Quest for Nationality and the Irrepressible Conflict, 1815-1861
Major L. Wilson.
Greenwood Press, 1974
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Manifest Destiny"
America's Imperial Burden: Is the Past Prologue?
Ernest W. Lefever.
Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Manifest Destiny: Toying with Empire"
British Essays in American History
H. C. Allen; C. P. Hill.
St. Martin's Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "Manifest Destiny" by John A. Hawgood begins on p. 123
The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854
William W. Freehling.
Oxford University Press, vol.1, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 20 "Anti-annexation as Manifest Destiny"
A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict during the Mexican-American War
Paul Foos.
University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Atrocity: The Wage of Manifest Destiny"
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