I need help with the Manifest Destiny?

Question by Cassidy: I need help with the Manifest Destiny?
My s.s teacher gave us an assignment and didn’t tell us anything about it other then that we were supposed to figure out these facts about Manifest Destiny .. Please help !

•Group of people involved
•Leaders
•Destination- to/from
•Purpose-why
•10 details
I can do the 10 details one .. But I can’t find the other ones ! It would be amazing if I could get help !

Best answer:

Answer by Kim
people on the east wanted to go to the west and spread their beliefs and thoughts
49ers (gold miners), pioneers, mormons, immigrants from places like china

well at least i hope thats correct.

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  1. Manifest Destiny can be a very long essay, which I don’t want to do. But here’s some stuff. In the first half of the 19th century, the U.S. had spread to the Mississippi River (Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston), had acquired the Louisiana Purchase (1803, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark), and so the U.S. spread as far west as the Rocky Mountains, excluding Texas.

    People thought God wanted the U.S. to expand to the Pacific Ocean, but slavery was getting to be a big issue, so there was always controversy about whether slavery should or should not be allowed in new states or territories.

    So Texas broke off from Mexico in 1836 and tried to join the U.S., but that would create problems, and the U.S. said no. Therefore Texas became an independent country, the Lone Star Republic. Meanwhile, an influential senator from Missouri, Thomas Hart Benton, wanted expansion. And then James Polk was elected president on a Manifest Destiny platform. He talked about getting the Oregon Country (then shared by the U.S. and Great Britain, while Mexico, France, and maybe Russia also had claims), and extending the western U.S. border as far north as 54 degrees of latitude (near Juneau, Alaska). “Fifty-four Forty or Fight!” was his campaign slogan. And Polk won the 1844 election.

    He backed off on the 54° 40′ boundary objective, but he did get the Oregon Territory from Britain (John Quincy Adams may have negotiated that), and Polk’s real objective was to get California and the desert southwest from Mexico. To do that, he started a war with Mexico (the Mexican War of 1845), backed by Sen. Benton but opposed by Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln. Kit Carson, Gen. Philip Kearny, Commodore Stockton, John C. Fremont (“the Pathfinder”), and others became famous in that war. As a result, the U.S. took California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah from the Mexicans, and the “Manifest Destiny” was fulfilled when the U.S. stretched all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

    Right after that, gold was discovered in California, Texas was annexed, and the slavery issue heated up some more, leading to the Civil War. Later, partially due to the Manifest Destiny sentiment, we overthrew the Queen to take the Hawaiian Islands, bought Alaska from the Russians, started a war with Spain (Spanish-American War of 1898) where we took Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine Islands.

    That’s enough. The Number One Manifest Destiny guy was President James K. Polk, and the peak period was 1845-50. All this stuff had to do with “American Imperialism” and U.S. aggression during this great expansionist period.

  2. In 1845 John L. O’Sullivan coined the term “manifest destiny” in reference to a growing conviction that the United States was preordained by God to expand throughout North America and exercise hegemony over its neighbors. In the United States Magazine and Democratic Review (July–August 1845, p. 5) he argued for “the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” Around the time of O’Sullivan’s writing, the United States saw an extraordinary territorial growth of 1.2 million square miles, an enlargement of more than 60 percent. Most of this growth occurred at the expense of the newly independent Mexico and the Native American nations. The expansion happened at such an accelerated pace that people like O’Sullivan thought that even larger expansions were inevitable, necessary, and desirable—hence the origin of the concept of manifest destiny.
    Manifest destiny was obviously a defense of what is now called Imperialism. It was a complex set of beliefs that incorporated a variety of ideas about race, religion, culture, and economic necessity. Some people, like the land speculators that settled in Florida, Texas, and Native American lands, wanted more land to get rich. Some fled poverty in Europe and eastern metropolitan centers. Some assumed that without spreading out to fresh lands the nation would languish. Some sought to perpetuate the institution of slavery by expanding it to new territories. Some believed that expansion into “uncivilized” regions would spread progress and democracy. It was convenient for all to think that they had the divine right to acquire and dominate because they had the proper economic system and the most developed culture and belonged to the most advanced race.
    This conviction of a destined glorious future for the United States had roots in colonial times. The influential Puritan John Winthrop wrote, “We shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.” Many colonial leaders adopted time-honored expansion imagery from the Bible, portraying northern European Protestant colonists as the new Israelites and North America as the new Promised Land to justify conquering new lands and dominating other cultures.
    The phrase “Manifest Destiny” is most often associated with the territorial expansion of the United States from 1812 to 1860. This era, from the end of the War of 1812 to the beginning of the American Civil War, has been called the “Age of Manifest Destiny.” During this time, the United States expanded to the Pacific Ocean—”from sea to shining sea”—largely defining the borders of the contiguous United States as they are today

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