Essay on The ' Manifest Destiny ' Was Used By John L. Sullivan

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The term ‘Manifest Destiny’ was used by John L. Sullivan in 1845 to describe what a majority of Americans believed was their mission from God; To expand west and bring the United States government to unlightened people. This coincides with nationalistic revivalist preachers of the 19th century who proclaimed that Americans were God 's chosen people and it was their right and duty to spread democracy and protestantism. However the actions of the U.S during the later half of the 19th century have been considered controversial and In most cases the idea of Manifest Destiny has been abused and used to justify America 's imperial appetite. As David M. Pletcher states “If you asked a person to define Manifest Destiny, he might tell you it is an ideal, or he might say, "Well, we want the land and this is the easiest way to justify our taking it."; It allowed the United States to expand without remorse for those whose land was unjustly taken.

Since America’s independence in 1776, the nation has been constantly fighting for freedom, often at the expense of others. For example the treatment of Native Americans can be seen as genocide due the amount killed and the intentionalism of the situation (Native American Removal Act, 1860), At the heart of manifest destiny was the pervasive belief in American cultural and racial superiority. Native Americans had long been perceived as inferior, and efforts to "civilize" them had been widespread. By Christianising the tribes, American…

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