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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Manifest Destiny: Selected full-text books and articles

Manifest Destiny and the Expansion of America By Rodney P. Carlisle; J. Geoffrey Golson ABC-Clio, 2007
Manifest Destiny and Empire: American Antebellum Expansionism By Robert W. Johannsen; John M. Belohlavek; Thomas R. Hietala; Samuel J. Watson; Robert E. May; Sam W. Haynes; Sam W. Haynes; Christopher Morris Texas A&M University Press, 1997
Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821 By Frank Lawrence Owsley Jr.; Gene A. Smith University of Alabama Press, 1997
Manifest Destiny's Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America By Robert E. May University of North Carolina Press, 2002
American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority By Wilber W. Caldwell Algora, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Manifest Destiny and Continental Expansion"
United States Expansionism and British North America, 1775-1871 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Major L. Wilson Greenwood Press, 1974
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Manifest Destiny"
America's Imperial Burden: Is the Past Prologue? By Ernest W. Lefever Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Manifest Destiny: Toying with Empire"
British Essays in American History By 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 By 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 By Paul Foos University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Atrocity: The Wage of Manifest Destiny"
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