Manifest Destiny and Division
Manifest Destiny was the rationalization for the Americans to satiate their hunger for greater power and control over the land from coast to coast. As America grew the differences in things such as economy, views of slavery, and overall ways of life between the North and South also grew and created division within the nation. John O’Sullivan was the first person to use the term Manifest Destiny, the first time was to argue about the annexation of Texas and the second, when the term actually caught on, referred to the dispute about the border of Oregon Country with the British. The piece where he mentions Manifest Destiny, referring to Oregon Country, was in the New York Moring News on December 27, 1845. It is as follows, “And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.” People have inferred according to this part of the column Manifest Destiny was a pre-ordained right by the power of God for people of the United States to claim the all of the continent from coast to coast. Others would say that it’s the rationalization for America’s greed and imperialistic ambition, since this was a term shortly made after the United States had begun its conquest to gain several territories in the West. Even though the definitions slightly differ the basic description of Manifest Destiny remains to mean the right and idea of the ability to take control of America coast to coast. Though Manifest Destiny wasn’t the main reason why the United States begun to move west but it took advantage of people’s desire to become a greater nation by persuading them to expand the United States’ territory. Andrew Jackson was the first president to begin this crusade by driving the Native Americans into the West so the...
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