Manifest Destiny, By John L. O ' Sullivan

925 WordsDec 4, 20154 Pages
“In 1845, John L. O 'Sullivan, a newspaper reporter in New York City, coined the phrase "manifest destiny." O 'Sullivan claimed that it was the God-given destiny of the United States of America to spread over North America. O ' Sullivan summarized his view this way: And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.”(OHC) The Idea of Manifest destiny may have created a nation that could be considered the greatest of all nations. These few words have caused a lot of trouble and a lot of good. Manifest Destiny has had a huge effect on North America some of the events caused have been positive, but manifest destiny has been used to promote racial superiority over all nonwhite races living in areas desired by Americans, and was used to defended the reasons for going west. The Americans believed in Manifest Destiny, it was a battle cry or a reason to go west. To them this was a holy endeavor, an inherited right that this was there god given job to spread their way of life to all who inhabited North America. To some, it was all about power, “American business interests recognized the value of the fine harbors along the pacific coast, which promised a lucrative trade with Asia, and they hoped to make those harbors American.”(350) Americans started moving beyond the Mississippi river around
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