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American Expansionism, 1783-1860: A Manifest Destiny? (Seminar Studies In History) [Paperback]

Mark Joy

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15 May 2003 0582369657 978-0582369658 1

This new Seminar Study surveys the history of U.S. territorial expansion from the end of the American Revolution until 1860.

The book explores the concept of 'manifest destiny' and asks why, if expansion was 'manifest', there was such opposition to almost every expansionist incident. Paying attention to key themes often overlooked - Indian removal and the US government land sales policy, the book looks at both 'foreign' expansion such as the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the war with Mexico in the 1840s and 'internal' expansion as American settlers moved west .

Finally, the book addresses the most recent historiographical trends in the subject and asks how Americans have dealt with the expansionist legacy.

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American Expansionism surveys the history of U.S. territorial expansion from the end of the American Revolution until the beginning of the American Civil War in 1860. Besides ‘foreign’ expansion such as the Louisiana Purchase and the acquisition of the lands of the Mexican cession, the book also covers the ‘internal’ expansion as American settlers moved west. Issues covered include:

  • the definition of the U.S.-Canada border and the border between U.S. territory and Spanish territory in the Southwest
  • U.S. government land sales policy
  • the government’s policy of removing the Indians from the eastern United States to the region west of Mississippi

The author also addresses some important questions about the concept of Manifest Destiny. For example, if nineteenth-century Americans thought that the expansion of the U.S. was ‘manifest’, then why was there significant opposition to almost every incident of expansionism? Key themes from the most recent historiographical trends in the interpretation of the subject have also been incorporated.

American Expansionism, 1783-1860

provides students with an invaluable accessible introduction to the subject, with key documents from the time period and learning aids such as a glossary, who’s who, chronology and guide for further reading.

Mark S. Joy is Professor of American History, Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota

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Mark  S. Joy is Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Jamestown College, North Dakota

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5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated era in American History 29 Sep 2006
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Aside from the fact that I am an admiring former student of Dr. Joy, I write to state the significance of this study as the "missing link" in American history. All too often, and perhaps in the interest of saving time, several texts, professors, and students of American history skip the period from the American Revolution to the Civil War a/k/a War Between the States a/k/a War of Northern Aggression. The seventy-some year period in between, however, is vital to the understanding of how the United States developed as we see it today. Dr. Joy's work delves into the settling of the Northwest Territory, as it was understood to be in the late 1700s; the significance of the Louisiana purchase, which may be the greatest real estate deal of all time; and the too often forgotten Mexican War that helped secure Texas as part of the United States. Although no one can dispute that the Revolutionary War and the Civil War were pivotal eras in American history, the era of American Expansionism, or manifest destiny, defines the American spirit and vision that made it what it is today. An essential read for any student of American history.
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ AND INFORMATION 22 Jan 2014
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Anyone who's interested in American history and have reservations about its foundation should read this book it provides a valuable source of information.
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