Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History

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  • Paperback
  • 278 pages
  • Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History
  • Frederick Merk
  • English
  • 05 October 2018
  • 0674548051

About the Author: Frederick Merk

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Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History Before this book first appeared in 1963, most historians wrote as if the continental expansion of the United States were inevitable What is most impressive, Henry Steele Commager and Richard Morris declared in 1956, is the ease, the simplicity, and seeming inevitability of the whole process The notion of inevitability, however, is perhaps only a secular variation on the theme of the expansionist editor John L O Sullivan, who in 1845 coined one of the most famous phrases in American history when he wrote of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions Frederick Merk rejected inevitability in favor of a contingent interpretation of American expansionism in the 1840s As his student Henry May later recalled, Merk loved to get the facts straight From the Foreword by John Mack Faragher Read Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History by Frederick Merk – johndore.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History

  1. Michael says:

    In his book, Frederick Merk considers and rejects a comparison between the Mexican American and the Spanish American Wars in order to demonstrate the role of two different themes in foreign policy, expansionism and exceptionalism Merk s concept of Mission is essentially what diplomatic historians today would call exceptionalism It is described by Merk as an unselfish desire to spread the benefits of American style democracy to the benighted peoples of the globe, a time honored American princip In his book, Frederick Merk considers and rejects a comparison between the Mexican American and the Spanish American Wars in order to demonstrate the role of two different themes in foreign policy, expansionism a...

  2. Brady Postma says:

    This survey of public opinion of the US territorial expansion of the 1840s and 1850s contrasts that era s territorial expansion and the rationale behind it with the imperialism of the 1890s and the broader American mission of exemplifying and spreading good governance as a foreign policy objective A good three quarters of the book offers the story of Manifest Destiny s appearance, meaning to its advocates, faults as seen by its critics, its fading from prominence, and its interrelations with re This survey of public opinion of the US territorial expansion of the 1840s and 1850s contrasts that era s territorial expansion and the rationale behind it with the imperialism of the 1890s and the broader American mission of exemplifying and spreading good governance as a foreign policy objective A good three quarters of the book offers the story of Manifest Destiny s appearance, meaning to its advocates, faults as seen by its critics, its fading from prominence, and its interrelations with related political issues like slavery, race, federalism, consent, and the Civil War that followed.There are some unexpected revelations in the details of manifest destiny Most interesting to me was the...

  3. Frederick says:

    This is one of those well written treasures with prose that is easy to follow underpinning the ideas it attempts to express Merk explained how many leaders in American history saw America s government and rule as the will of God and that the task of spreading our ideas and principles was the divinely assigned duty of the United States America s conquest of Mexican territory under false pretenses was merely the removal of land from, unhallowed hands, for use by the American people Merk s tho This is one of those well written treasures with prose that is easy to follow underpinning the ideas it attempts to express Merk explained how many leaders in American history saw America s government and rule as the will of God and that the task of spreading our ideas and principles was the divinely assigned duty of the United States America s conquest of Mexican territory under false pretenses was merely the removal of land from, unhallowed hands, for use by the American people Merk s thoroughness is part of the attraction of this book, as well as how he overturn...

  4. Mark Valentine says:

    Merk has done us a service by tracing the origins of our hubris Manifest destiny or natural dominion or rapid expansion or such phrases become jingoist tags to fly on banners of hegemony over the cultural, political steamroller He traces the Divine Wind of the European expansion that consumed and assimilated or placed on reservations any peoples or cultures in its path Mexico, Gre...