Manifest Destiny's Legacy

 

Justification for controversial claims and actions are typically met with rational and irrational explanations. It is human nature that perpetuates the excuses and reasoning behind one’s actions or their belief in something; therefore, it is common that when justification is need on mass scales ideas are developed that reign people into consecutive thought patterns- whether their logical or completely ridiculous. One such idea is that of the Manifest Destiny, which is a doctrine developed as justification for the inevitable expansion of the United States throughout the North American continent. It is the idea that the United States is ordained by God to carry out its expansion and influence.

Like most ideological concepts such as the Manifest Destiny, it was created to promote basically a consensus among people. For instance, the colonist came to the New World in search of a plethora of advantages and most significantly- religious freedom. Colonist had to have some conceptual agreement with a higher power to feel that they were special humans that had the will of the supernatural as their catalyst, to be brave enough to settle into a hostile, uncharted area- months away from home. Sam Haynes, a history professor at the university of Texas at Arlington stated in an essay he wrote about the Manifest Destiny that, “The Manifest Destiny was a progressive movement starting in the 1840's. John O'Sullivan, a democratic leader, named the movement in 1845. Manifest Destiny meant that westward expansion was America's destiny. The land that was added to the U.S. after 1840 (the start of Manifest Destiny) includes The Texas Annexation (1845), The Oregon Country (1846), The Mexican Cession (1848), The Gadsden Purchase (1853), Alaska (1867), and Hawaii (1898). Although this movement would take several years to accomplish fully, things started changing before we knew it.” Manifest Destiny, however, is an example of thought development by individuals that have ulterior motives.

The first self-sustaining settlements of the Europeans in what is now the United States, better known as the first thirteen colonies, were limited to the eastern edge of the country. The colonization of this area called for the exodus of the Native American’s, who were driven westward. In an attempt to develop a thriving economy, trade with other nations produced a need for more products –eventually leading to the expansion westward. Manifest Destiny was used as a catalyst to the idea.  

Based on the beliefs and influence of such ideas as that from Manifest Destiny, the democratic- republic we enjoy today in the United States was given a foundation of benediction. Even though the Manifest Destiny became a term of the past in the 20th century, it fostered, in my opinion, the birth of a new idea. It is apparent throughout the short history of these United States and its few wars that Americans have some deep seated need to directly influence the citizens and governments of other countries.

It is known all too well of America’s “mission” to spread and defend democracy. This is the modern Manifest Destiny. It is the belief that we are obliged by some force to carry out our influence and to interject our views into the “corrupt” governments of the world. We can simply go into a country and overthrow its stable government and justify our military occupation with the idea of spreading democracy. The Manifest Destiny spirit will always be with the citizens of the United States and therefore the world. It’s an Idea and idea’s don’t die. They morph and change- adapting to the complexities of the present; and they prepare for the challenges of the future. Manifest Destiny is a significantly charged concept that make’s America so unique.

 

Works Cited

Haynes, Sam W. "Manifest Destiny." Manifest Destiny. PBS & University of Texas at aArlington. May 21,   2002. <http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/dialogues/prelude/manifest/d2heng.html>

 

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munirahmadmughal 5 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

"Manifest Destiny Legacy"

The hub is informative and educative. The author says:

Justification for controversial claims and actions are typically met with rational and irrational explanations. It is human nature that perpetuates the excuses and reasoning behind one’s actions or their belief in something; therefore, it is common that when justification is need on mass scales ideas are developed that reign people into consecutive thought patterns- whether their logical or completely ridiculous. One such idea is that of the Manifest Destiny, which is a doctrine developed as justification for the inevitable expansion of the United States throughout the North American continent. It is the idea that the United States is ordained by God to carry out its expansion and influence.

Like most ideological concepts such as the Manifest Destiny, it was created to promote basically a consensus among people. For instance, the colonist came to the New World in search of a plethora of advantages and most significantly- religious freedom. Colonist had to have some conceptual agreement with a higher power to feel that they were special humans that had the will of the supernatural as their catalyst, to be brave enough to settle into a hostile, uncharted area- months away from home. Sam Haynes, a history professor at the university of Texas at Arlington stated in an essay he wrote about the Manifest Destiny that, “The Manifest Destiny was a progressive movement starting in the 1840s. John O'Sullivan, a democratic leader, named the movement in 1845. Manifest Destiny meant that westward expansion was America's destiny. The land that was added to the U.S. after 1840 (the start of Manifest Destiny) includes The Texas Annexation (1845), The Oregon Country (1846), The Mexican Cession (1848), The Gadsden Purchase (1853), Alaska (1867), and Hawaii (1898). Although this movement would take several years to accomplish fully, things started changing before we knew it.” Manifest Destiny, however, is an example of thought development by individuals that have ulterior motives.

The first self-sustaining settlements of the Europeans in what is now the United States, better known as the first thirteen colonies, were limited to the eastern edge of the country. The colonization of this area called for the exodus of the Native American’s, who were driven westward. In an attempt to develop a thriving economy, trade with other nations produced a need for more products –eventually leading to the expansion westward. Manifest Destiny was used as a catalyst to the idea.

Based on the beliefs and influence of such ideas as that from Manifest Destiny, the democratic- republic we enjoy today in the United States was given a foundation of benediction. Even though the Manifest Destiny became a term of the past in the 20th century, it fostered, in my opinion, the birth of a new idea. It is apparent throughout the short history of these United States and its few wars that Americans have some deep seated need to directly influence the citizens and governments of other countries.

It is known all too well of America’s “mission” to spread and defend democracy. This is the modern Manifest Destiny. It is the belief that we are obliged by some force to carry out our influence and to interject our views into the “corrupt” governments of the world. We can simply go into a country and overthrow its stable government and justify our military occupation with the idea of spreading democracy. The Manifest Destiny spirit will always be with the citizens of the United States and therefore the world. It’s an Idea and idea’s don’t die. They morph and change- adapting to the complexities of the present; and they prepare for the challenges of the future. Manifest Destiny is a significantly charged concept that make’s America so unique.

The author has cited the following works:

"Haynes, Sam W. "Manifest Destiny." Manifest Destiny. PBS & University of Texas at aArlington. May 21, 2002. ".

The author has the right to say what he has said.

Reality is there and it is immutable.

The world in which we are living is self speaking. The system is working since time immemorial. There is certainly some supreme Controller whose law is at work everywhere of which every atom is providing an evidence. The more the sciene and technology is advancing the more His Existence is becoming established. We work in the sphere of creations and His Universal Policy is working every where. Sometimes our mortal policy come in line wih His eternal Policy and we consider our selves much pleased and fortunate. With us is only a drop of knowledge and that too God given and we are exploring and explioting the cores of the earth, the depths of oceans, the heights of mountains and even conducting searches and researches in the vast horizons and have put our feet on the moon and advancing further and farther. Still as compared to the Divine Power we are even less than an atom. The courage and fortitude kept inherent in our instinct is destined by Him, who is happy to see our performance from good to better and better to best. Life and Death both are His creation and those are meaingful to see who among the human beings is best in his performance. The best prevails and the worst is subdued. Man came on this earth with full light and guidance, knowledge and faculties. Man has seen many ages and periods, good and bad eras, and faced all sorts of odds and hazards and established rule and order on the earth among fellow beings. The wonders of the world are signs of man's work. Who distils the ideas in the heart and mind, who controls at the Ultimate is the Creator. To forget Him is therefore neither proper, nor legitimate nor correct.

May God bless all.


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Beege215e 5 years ago

Greed and avarice are in charge, I want what you have and I am going to take it. Land from the Native Americans, oil from the Middle East, Diamonds from Africa. Whatever. God doesn't have anything to do with dominance, Man's Greed has everything to do with dominance. American has no right to dominate any other country. The Manifest Destiny should have been burned and denounced a long time ago. It is not destiny, it is greed, plain and simple.


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ltfawkes 5 years ago from NE Ohio

Thanks for a very interesting and thought-provoking hub, Jawanza. It's particularly timely to consider the ramifications of Manifest Destiny today as world leaders debate whether to become involved in the uprisings in the middle east.

L.T.


lindsey 4 years ago

it was a very good time


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I enjoyed reading this hub. Towards the end of your article a tone of disapproval prevailed. I could hint throughout the article that you are not pleased with the concept of Manifest Destiny.

I tend to confuse Manifest Destiny with the Monroe Doctrine which has a similar philosophical underpinning but did not get far on these two American Continents.


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Jawanza 4 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Yes, I disapprove of manifest simply because I have an issue with ideas that strike others down for absolutely no valid reasoning,

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