Manifest Destiny: Liberty Or All Idea Of Manifest Destiny

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On May 13, 1846, after President James K. Polk requested to declare war on Mexico due to their “invasion” of America land. Two days later the congress approved the request and officially declared war. The Mexican War of 1846 determined the destiny of America afterwards. The Mexican war resulted the acquiring amount of land in the southwest of America today. Thus came with the debate of which state should gain lands which reflects the sectional interests of different regions of America. The Southerners annexation the lands as an opportunity to extend slavery and gain benefits. To the opposite, the Northerners were against the spread of slavery. Mingled with different interests, the westerners were uncertain about the issue and have their own …show more content…
It first began as a desire for expansion. There was little connection between American and Mexico until thousands of settlers left the east and decided to move the west to the frontier. The Mexican revolution was greatly influenced by the idea of Manifest Destiny. The idea of Manifest Destiny is using up the mind of democratic Americans. Explained thoroughly by Hakim in the book Liberty or all? manifest destiny was first used by John L. O 'Sullivan in an article published in 1845 in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review. Manifest Destiny is the belief in which having more land would mean a better economic advantage and Western expansion is necessary. John L. O 'Sullivan said it was ‘our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.’ These americans decided to settle towns and plant crops.The Mexican government agreed that American settles can settle in the Mexican territory just have to obey the Mexican laws. Mexican government wanted to increase the population. Most of the settlers brought slaves with …show more content…
As time goes on, the northern states became increasingly industrialized, eliminating the need for slave labor. As slavery became less necessary in the North, Northerners began to look at this institution differently. They began to see that is was morally wrong for one person to own another.” (Nardo 39) The north did not favor the war and they simply believed that the war was “waged solely for the detestable and horrible purpose of extending and perpetuating American slavery throughout the vast territory of Mexico” (Hakim 86). Since the beginning of the war, the Northerners were against it. The Northerners argued the opposite of the southerners, they believed that these states should not be slave states. They supposed that these states should be free states. That would mean these slave states would have more representation and majority in the congress. The Whigs were one of the major political parties of the 19th century of America. It was first used in Scotland and England but in 1830s President Andrew Jackson reestablished the term of Whig. The Whigs party contained republicans and some former members of anti-Masonic party. However, even the Whigs party was divided between sections of South and North. “The Northern Whigs became divided into conservatives and radicals. the conservatives emphasized the fraud and aggressiveness of the war. They wished to avoid the added

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