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Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion : a Brief History with Documents

Author: Amy S Greenberg
Publisher: Boston : BEDFORD/ST. MARTIN'S, ©2012.
Series: Bedford series in history and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... This documentary history of Manifest Destiny offers an ... approach to the history of American territorial expansion by placing nineteenth-century political events in their social contexts and presenting carefully selected primary sources that allow students to draw their own conclusions about why territorial expansion evolved the way it did. ..."--Preface, P.v.
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Genre/Form: Sources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy S Greenberg
ISBN: 9780312600488 0312600488
OCLC Number: 738341293
Description: xiii, 178 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Introduction: The "free development" of a North American empire. The ideological origins of manifest destiny ; Territorial expansion in the early republic ; Factors driving early expansionism ; Expansionism and Indian people ; Social transformations and the birth of aggressive expansionism ; Opposing voices ; Andrew Jackson and the march to the southwest ; The Overland Trail ; Annexation and war with Mexico ; Filibustering : taking matters into their own hands ; Sectionalism checks manifest destiny ; After the Civil War : manifest destiny reevaluated and redeemed --
Part 2: The Documents. 1. Ideological origins. Of Plimoth Plantation, 1650 / William Bradford ; A modell of Christian charity, 1630 / John Winthrop ; Letter to Lord Kames, April 11, 1767 / Benjamin Franklin ; 2. Expansion in the early republic. A Commissioner's view of the Ohio River Valley, 1785 / Richard Butler ; To the Commissioners of the United States, August 16, 1793 / Council of 1793 ; The American geography, 1792 / Jedidiah Morse ; Letter to Thomas Dwight, October 31, 1803 / Fisher Ames ; Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805 / Thomas Jefferson ; Appeal to the Osages, 1811 / Tecumseh ; 3. Pushing West. State of the Union Address, December 6, 1830 / Andrew Jackson ; Encroachment by white settlers, 1832 / Black Hawk ; Memorial and protest of the Cherokee Nation, June 22, 1836 ; A plea for the West, 1835 / Lyman Beecher ; On land-lust in America, 1837 / Harriet Martineau ; An encounter between Omaha hunters and white squatters in Iowa, 1853 / Pathiñ-nañpaji ; A fur trapper's view of manifest destiny, 1839 / Zenas Leonard ; The great nation of futurity, November 1839 / United States Democratic Review ; Two years before the mast, 1840 / Richard Henry Dana ; The young American, 1844 / Ralph Waldo Emerson ; 4. Texas and Oregon. Letter to President Guadalupe Victoria, June 30, 1828 / Manuel Mier y Terán ; Letter in favor of the reannexation of Texas, January 8, 1844 / Robert J. Walker ; Letter to the citizens of Worcester County, Massachusetts, January 23, 1844 / Daniel Webster ; Inaugural address, March 4, 1845 / James K. Polk ; Uncle Sam's Song to Miss Texas, 1845 ; Annexation, July-August 1845 / United States Democratic Review ; Arbitration of the Oregon question, January 3, 1846 / Robert Winthrop ; 5. War for empire. Diary entry, June 30, 1846 / James K. Polk ; Protesting the Mexican War, 1880 / Jane Swisshelm ; Life on the Rio Grande, April 1847 / Godey's Lady's Book ; American workingmen, versus slavery, September 1, 1847 / Walt Whitman ; Speech at Lexington, Kentucky, November 13, 1847 / Henry Clay ; Public meeting in favor of annexing all of Mexico, January 30, 1848 / New York Herald ; Origin of the war with the United States, 1848 / Ramón Alcaraz et al. ; 6. Expanded horizons : Cuba, Hawaii, and Central America. Appeal to the inhabitants of Cuba, April 27, 1848 / La Verdad ; The benefits of annexing Cuba, 1850 / Cora Montgomery ; The Ostend Manifesto, 1854 / James Buchanan, Pierre Soulé, and John Y. Mason ; The "Ostend Doctrine" : practical Democrats carrying out the principle, 1856 / Currier and Ives ; Traveling through the Pacific, 1859 / T. Robinson Warren ; Nicaragua Ho!, January 1856 / Young Sam ; Political destiny of the colored race on the American continent, August 24, 1854 / Martin Delany ; A Jamaican's view of Americans in Panama, 1857 / Mary Seacole ; 7. Sectionalism trumps manifest destiny. The war in Nicaragua, 1860 / William Walker ; Hostility to southern interests, May 31, 1858 / George Sydney Hawkins ; Why southerners should oppose territorial expansion, January 15, 1855 / William Waters Boyce ; 8. Manifest destiny reevaluated and redeemed. American progress, ca. 1873 / George A. Crofutt ; Trouble on the Paiute Reservation, 1865 / Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins ; The march of the flag, September 16, 1898 / Albert J. Beveridge --
Appendixes. A chronology of manifest destiny and American territorial expansion (1620-1902) ; Questions for consideration ; Selected bibliography.
Series Title: Bedford series in history and culture.
Responsibility: Amy S. Greenberg, Pennsylvania State University.
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