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Manifest destiny

Manifest destiny
In the 19th century, Manifest Destiny was the widely held belief in the United States that American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent. Historians have for the most part agreed that there are three basic themes to Manifest Destiny: The special virtues of the American people and their institutions;America's mission to redeem and remake the west in the image of agrarian America;An irresistible destiny to accomplish this essential duty.[1] Historian Frederick Merk says this concept was born out of "A sense of mission to redeem the Old World by high example [...] generated by the potentialities of a new earth for building a new heaven".[2] Merk concludes: From the outset Manifest Destiny—vast in program, in its sense of continentalism—was slight in support. Context[edit] Manifest Destiny was always a general circular notion rather than a specific policy. Yet Jackson would not be the only president to elaborate on the principles underlying manifest destiny. John L.

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