It served as a justification for expansionists who utilized the religious, racial and political ideas to grab a vast tract of land, and as a conviction cherished by the removers to explore the west area. Even though, the Westward Movement came to a close in the history of America, the influence of Manifest Destiny as the ideology of Westward Movement will never be withered away, shaping the national spirit and as a justification for US to establish global hegemony. 2. The brief description of the doctrine of Manifest Destiny 2.1 Historical background The emergence and development of the doctrine of Manifest Destiny was deeply related to its historical background. The situation in the mid-19th century, though very complicated, may be summed up as coming under three categories.
Manifest Destiny reflected both the prides that characterized American Nationalism in the mid-19th century, and the idealistic vision of social perfection through God and the church. Individually, the components created separate reasons to conquer new land. Together they exemplified America’s ideological need to dominate from pole to pole. `While some were driven by what they considered God's will, others saw Manifest Destiny as the American domination of North America from sea to sea. It was the way to extend American liberty to new areas.
The notion that America was exceptional would continue to be re-created again and again on the frontier. The frontier was closely related to the myth that sustained the American faith, the ideals and images that represent the American Dream as well as America as an exceptional nation. The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development. In his thesis, the frontier created independence and liberty, breaking the bonds of custom, offering new experiences, calling out new institutions and activities. According to Turner, he felt the frontier is the “line of most rapid Americanization.” Ultimately,
There were many factors that helped the growth of The British Empire such as early settlers and trading companies, however the Navigation Acts rapidly accelerated the success of the trading companies therefore expanding The British Empire. The Navigation Acts were a set of laws that kept trade in the hands of the British; this gave them ultimate power over most trade and gained them a lot of wealth and thus success. Government and war played a significant role in the growth of the British Empire which gave them more power such as the EIC winning a number of sea battles against the Dutch which granted another firmum which gave the company more effective trading. Trading companies helped the growth of the British Empire, as without these, there would have been no income, meaning Britain couldn’t gain more land and secure more footholds. The trading companies played a significant role in triggering the Navigation Acts, but it was the acts themselves that put trade in the hands of the British.
After it was written, the US was influenced by what it contained and Theodore Roosevelt began expanding overseas. The US began gaining ports in Alaska and Hawaii. The book influenced the western world by discussing navel strategies and aiding to the growing of the American navy. The navies began using Mahan’s strategies and ideas of the way a navy should be run. It was said that a nations greatness was derived from a great navy that was ran well and had multiple strategies.
The Revolutionary War was one of the most important events in history for America and Britain. The war, in a way, helped America become its own nation and declare independence from Britain. At the time of the Revolutionary War, the English were in control of the Americans. Both sides had crucial advantages over each other that decided the outcome of the war. Let’s start with colonists; one of the biggest advantages they had over Britain was they had a major cause for wanting to fight.
However not only did the Declaration of Independence bring about a global surge but also the United States constitution has also influenced the rest of the world in a new legal structure. David Armitage writes “As the first successful declaration of independence in history, it helped to inspire countless movements for independence, self-determination and revolution after 1776 and to this very day.” (Armitage, 2014) This very clearly demonstrates a simple explanation as to the impact of the declaration. The declaration itself was formed during a revolution and independence movement against the tyranny of the British. This tyranny therefore led to a mass influence in what Andrew Heywood describes as” Anti Colonial Nationalism” (Heywood,2007).This form of Nationalism worked perfectly alongside the declaration itself with a large portion of the original declaration listing “specific grievances to justify an armed insurrection”(Kramer,2011).As Kramer writes the declaration presented a large list of grievances and crimes which the British had committed on the American people during their reign. These grievances helped to unite the different colonies under one aim for Independence.
We are governed by public and private interests. These interests are based on our very own constitution that is set up to give everyone an opportunity to succeed in our growing culture. American Exceptionalism is partially a reflection of our nation’s long history, but Americans can tend to be ethnocentric and judge other cultures by the standards of their own. When a lot of people think of America, they think about a country that is made up of a mixing bowl of races and ethnicities. They think of a culture that is founded on constitutional rights and god given freedoms that everyone should have.
The Roots of America Today Since the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago, it has continued to develop and flourish into one of the most powerful countries in the world. Through these long years there have been many significant events that have shaped America today. The United States is the world’s oldest federation, upholding the ideals of constitutional republic: a system, where the government represents the peoples’ interests and abides by constitutional law. We live in a nation where our founding fathers hoped for peace among human beings and other nations. We live in a nation where our founding fathers wished for freedom and just rights.
The notion was further popularised in 1914 by the then US president Woodrow Wilson in the sense that he believed that America and American people had the unique work in the World to ‘disseminate’ liberty to other places oversees (Friedman, 2012). An American Columnist John L. O’Sullivan in a Newspaper column in (1945), coined the phrase manifest Destiny to refer to the divine providence to the United States of America to extend by annexing the whole territories of North America and even further because it was a natural providence for America also projecting the Same image and dogmatism of American exceptionalism (The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, 1845). In the year 1930, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, rubbished the notion of American exceptionalism and termed it as heresy, in this occasion, he expelled American leader of the communist Party Jay Lovestone as he accused the American capitalism of being in total contradiction of the Marxism Universal laws (Friedman, 2012). Another milestone o this notion in American political arena was rekindled in the year 1961 when the then US president F. Kennedy suggested of, the