Dbq Essay On Manifest Destiny

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The idea of Manifest Destiny had a positive impact on America. It allowed the Americans to expand their political views from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, races being treated equal as new opportunities opened up for them, and for Americans to have a stronger economy. All of these things allowed the Americans in the early 1800s become a successful group. At the time, America was a democracy which was a luxury not many countries had. The area which is the United States today, was more than just one country. As America purchased, or battled for and won great quantities of land, there was a spread of democracy. The Texans wanted their independence from Mexico and called out, “Remember the Alamo!” at the Battle of San Jacinto which is shown …show more content…
When news of gold in California spread nationally, thousands of immigrants came to collect. Even slaves came to find opportunities. In Document 6, it is proven that slavery was not going to be a part in Manifest Destiny when it is said that, “...slavery was declared illegal in the 1849” (Lapp). This is showing the efforts that is being put in to make Manifest Destiny as socially fair as possible. Document 6 also states that, “...most forty-niner Negroes had become free” (Lapp) which also supports socially equality. The Gold Rush also made the different races cooperate with each other. An example of different races working together is in Document 8, which is a picture of two black men and two white men working together. Together, they panned for gold without fighting. Each of them had an equal chance of economic success which would lead to social liberty by finding …show more content…
Thousands and thousands of people were travelling to California in hopes of becoming rich from gold. Some people saw different economical reasons to come to California. Since there were so many people, they were in need of basic supplies such as food, clothes and household items. A few smart people decided instead of panning for gold, they would start up their businesses in these certain industries. They gained more money than some of the gold panners just by selling their products to these very people. The men had the gold to spend, they just needed a place to spend it. The Oregon Trail was a way for the Americans to start over. At the time, Andrew Jackson created a economic depression which led many to poverty. By travelling on the Oregon Trail and setting up trade posts and farms there, they had a new life and were able to gain wealth. The Oregon Trail was part of Manifest Destiny since it allowed the country to keep growing into the west. In Document 2, it is explained that God gave them this land to expand upon which leads to Document 1 where there is an angel guiding the many Americans to their new lives across America. In conclusion, Manifest Destiny was brought into action by many different battles, purchases and opportunities, to allowed the American life to become more economically, socially and politically beneficial. Americans were learning new ways to make money as the country grew, slaves were finding

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