The Influence Of O’Sullivan’S Manifest Destiny In Westward Expansion

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The Influence of O’Sullivan’s Manifest destiny in Westward Expansion Throughout history the United States and the citizens of, often have an attitude of never having enough and/or always wanting more. This has been seen in many situations and in those, this greed is what makes up political beliefs and social actions. This is the case especially during the years 1840-1860. During the mid-nineteenth century, Manifest Destiny, the belief of having a divine right to conquer land, led to the expansionism of slavery and strong, hard beliefs between the North and the South. Although the principle of Manifest Destiny was to strengthen the nation, it indirectly led to its breaking point by a symbol known as the Civil War. The ideas behind expansionism, land acquired after the Mexican War, and the rising conflicts surrounding slavery all contributed to the division of the nation. In 1845, an editor with a known voice and a democratic leader by the name of John L O' Sullivan gave birth to the term Manifest Destiny. He declared it was America's divine or "Principle-given" right to expand over the entire continent for the purposes of fulfilling America's "mission." This mission included not only gaining land but also pushing forward the freedoms of mankind. O. Sullivan and Democrats alike supported this sentiment because their political belief was to annex land as soon as possible. Although this idea was popular among many, this popularity was not unanimous throughout the nation. For example, in a letter to one of the most influential Whigs, Henry Clay, William Channing wrote that America is a restless nation whose only goal is to boast about national growth and expansion. This is significant because it demonstrates how double-sided the issue really was, and showcases the negative aspect of Manifest Destiny, mainly restlessness and greed. Because of the need of many in

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