Race And Manifest Destiny By Reginald Horsman Essay

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In Race and Manifest Destiny, Reginald Horsman takes a look at the origins and progression of Anglo-Saxon racial ideology and examines its consequential impact in American history. The book sets the developments of ideologies of post American Revolution and expansion of newly founded America. Anglo-Saxon supremacy allowed for the suppression of other peoples in American history—it justified their enslavement, domination, exclusion, and extinction.
A man by the name John L. O’Sullivan, spoke of the term manifest destiny to describe American expansion in the early 1840’s. O’Sullivan described how the nation’s expansion was something that could not be stopped and criticized those that went against it process. Horsman writes that even though O’Sullivan came up with the term manifest destiny, the concept itself had originated in Anglo-Saxon heritage. O’Sullivan speaking in his own terms stated “for the avowed object of thwarting our policy, limiting our greatness and checking the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”(219). Too add on to their belief of superiority, Anglo-Saxons created a tale that claimed they were descendants of a great Aryan nation which is considered a flawless and perfect race of people. The Aryan nation, spread its influence and civilization throughout much of Europe, and around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the English acknowledged there…

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