Western Expansion

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.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

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
Into the Wilderness Dream: Exploration Narratives of the American West, 1500-1805
Donald A. Barclay; James H. Maguire; Peter Wild.
University of Utah Press, 1994
American Frontier and Western Issues: A Historiographical Review
Roger L. Nichols.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Tales of the Frontier: From Lewis and Clark to the Last Roundup
Everett Dick.
University of Nebraska Press, 1963
Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil War
Michael A. Morrison.
University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "John Tyler's Hobby: Territorial Expansion and Jacksonian Politics"
North American Exploration
John Logan Allen.
University of Nebraska Press, vol.3, 1997
Race Relations within Western Expansion
Alan J. Levine.
Praeger Publishers, 1996
Pioneer Children on the Journey West
Emmy E. Werner.
Westview Press, 1995
History of Religion in the United States
Clifton E. Olmstead.
Prentice-Hall, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Western Expansion and the Second Awakening"
The Other Side of the Frontier: Economic Explorations into Native American History
Linda Barrington.
Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Part Three "Westward Expansion"
A New Economic View of American History: From Colonial Times to 1940
Jeremy Atack; Peter Passell.
W.W. Norton, 1994 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Westward Expansion and Public Land Policy"
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