Define the concept of “Manifest Destiny” and examine its role in American expansionism into Texas and other Mexican territories..
This discussion addresses the following outcomes:
- Define the concept of “Manifest Destiny” and examine its role in American expansionism into Texas and other Mexican territories. (CO#1, #3)
Expansion is a major theme of the United States’ history. As a young, energetic country, the United States also saw itself as gifted by Providence to spread out into neighboring lands. The migration of Americans into Mexican territory opened a new chapter in that story. Texan independence from Mexico seemed to fulfill the promise of Manifest Destiny, not just in terms of land but in the spread of American ideals. However, the Mexican-American War and westward migration did not benefit all.
In preparation for our discussion be sure to read the Module Notes, Chapter 12: “Manifest Destiny (Links to an external site.)” and the following primary sources: John O’Sullivan Declares America’s Manifest Destiny, 1845, (Links to an external site.)Cherokee Petition Protesting Removal, 1836, (Links to an external site.) and Chinese Merchant Complains of Racist Abuse, 1860. (Links to an external site.)
- What was the concept of Manifest Destiny? How did it rationalize westward migration, US expansion into Mexican territories, the Mexican-American War, and the Monroe Doctrine?
- Choose one of the following groups and consider how the changes to the west in this era affected their circumstances: American migrants, displaced Native Americans, Chinese immigrants, Mexicans in the acquired territories, or slaves