Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History

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  • 278 pages
  • Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History
  • Frederick Merk
  • English
  • 20 February 2017
  • 0674548051

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Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History Before This Book First Appeared In , 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 , 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 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 S As His Student Henry May Later Recalled, Merk Loved To Get The Facts Straight From The Foreword By John Mack Faragher

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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 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 principle of self sacrifice in the name of the City on the Hill Merk claims that Mission represents the true majority opinion of the American people Manifest Destiny, on the other hand, was a self serving justification for the acquisition of territory Touted by the aggressive minority that unfortunately so often makes policy, Manifest Destiny succeeded in the 1840s because it contained elements of Mission Advocates of Manifest Destiny countenanced the integration of conquered peoples within the American system.In the tradition of the Pratt School , Merk s account sees the coming of the Spanish American War as the work of instigators, such as the yellow press Thus he explains the reason for intervention A frenzy of interventionism was whipped up It was not shared by McKinley, who was attentive to the voice of business and opposed intervention on the ground that it would lead to war with Spain and retard the return to prosperity so eagerly desired by all p 249 Merk claims that historians have incorrectly tried to find parallels between the two wars by claiming that Manifest Destiny informed both conflicts In the 1890s expansionism moved beyond Manifest Destiny The acquisition of the Philippines was an exercise in what Merk calls Insular Imperialism, with imperialism defined by the intent to rule over a subject people in the form of a colony The imperialists of the 1890s did not seek to integrate the populations of annexed territoriesinto the citizenry of the U.S., as had been the case with proponents of Manifest Destiny in the Mexican American War.One is struck by the essential asymmetry of the terms Manifest Destiny and Mission Should the book not be entitled Expansionism and Mission in American History Merk believes that both expressions of expansionism, Manifest Destiny in the form of Continentalism and bone fide imperialism in the form of Insular Imperialism, were unfortunate expressions of an expansionist tendency limited essentially to the 19th century This conclusion constitutes Merk s happy ending American involvement in 20th century wars is devoid of the selfishness of expansionism What remained in the Cold War was the overwhelmingly popular sense of American Mission It is important to note, however, this book was written in 1963

  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 revelation that the annexation of Mexico was restrained to the sparsely populated areas because of a bizarre synchronicity of racist southern Democrats opposed granting US citizenship to non white Mexicans and anti slavery northern Whigs who opposed expanding slavery into Mexican states where slavery was abolished Racism and anti slavery as allies in a cause Who would have thought I wish it hadmaterial about the Mexican perspective on the Mexican American War, and I wonder what new perspectives have developed since this book was published in the 1960s But I found it informative, compelling, and persuasive Lots of good stuff about the 1840s and the 1890s, and about the real substance of what being American is all about For those who like American history, this is my endorsement go read it

  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 overturns some myths of Manifest Destiny and who exactly had to gain from the Mexican War Information like John C Calhoun s opposition to the Mexican War and this great Southern Democrats opposition to taking much if any Mexican territory argues against William Jay s thesis in his A Review of the Causes and Consequences of the Mexican War of that war as being only the result of a drive to increase slave holding territory Fascinating book

  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, Great Britain, and Russia for other Empire building nations, but also the Indigenous Peoples Sometimes the e 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, Great Britain, and Russia for other Empire building nations, but also the Indigenous Peoples Sometimes the expansion was benign, but most of the time it was aggressive and malicious.What remains after the reading of this study for me is how insidious piety has become in being a golden ticket for expansion and aggrandizement