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.

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Western Expansion: Selected full-text books and articles

Manifest Destiny and Empire: American Antebellum Expansionism By John M. Belohlavek; Robert W. Johannsen; Thomas R. Hietala; Samuel J. Watson; Robert E. May; Sam W. Haynes; Christopher Morris Texas A&M University Press, 1997
Into the Wilderness Dream: Exploration Narratives of the American West, 1500-1805 By Donald A. Barclay; James H. Maguire; Peter Wild University of Utah Press, 1994
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Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil War By 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 By John Logan Allen University of Nebraska Press, vol.3, 1997
History of Religion in the United States By 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 By Linda Barrington Westview Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Part Three "Westward Expansion"
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