Manifest Design: American Exceptionalism and Empire

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Cornell University Press, 2003 - History - 284 pages
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"A fascinating, thought-provoking book. . . . Hietala shows that it was not destiny but design and aggression that enabled the United States to control Texas, New Mexico, and California."—Historian

"Hietala has examined an impressive array of primary and secondary materials. . . . His handling of the relationship between the domestic and foreign policies of the decade shatters some myths about America's so-called manifest destiny and deserves the attention of all scholars and serious students of the period."—Western Historical Quarterly

Since 1845, the phrase "manifest destiny" has offered a simple and appealing explanation of the dramatic expansionism of the United States. In this incisive book, Thomas R. Hietala reassesses the complex factors behind American policymaking during the late Jacksonian era. Hietala argues that the quest for territorial and commercial gains was based more on a desire for increased national stability than on any response to demands by individual pioneers or threats from abroad.

  

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Enjoyed reading about America's quick expansion in the 1840s and especially the administration of James K Polk - perhaps the least appreciated consequential president. Read full review

Contents

Texas the Black Peril and Alternatives to Abolitionism
10
CHAPTER 3
25
Coercion through Commerce
55
CHAPTER 6
65
CHAPTER 4
88
The Perils of Modernization
95
CHAPTER 5
132
American Exceptionalism American Empire
173
CHAPTER 7
215
CHAPTER 8
255
A Note on Sources
273
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Thomas R. Hietala is Professor of History at Grinnell College

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