President Trump Once Said, “I Like Thinking Big. If You’Re

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President Trump once said, “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, why not think big?”1 President Trump shares the mindset that many Americans had after the war of 1812. The United States citizens of the early 1800s felt an obligation to push the boundaries of the United States to the Pacific Ocean. John O’Sullivan was the first person to use the term “manifest destiny” in 1845 in an edition of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review. He said, “Our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”2 He could not have been anymore correct as Americans everywhere accepted that this was what the country was destined to be as it moved…show more content…
Only fifty eight percent of eligible voters participated in the 2016 election. The main thing people of the time were interested in was economic development. Two major political moves were enacted to stimulate the economy. The first one was “granting corporate charters to private businesses to promote private investment in roads, bridges, canals, railroads, banks, iron mining, etc.”3 The second was “using private corporations for public purposes by promoting economic development thought to be for the good of all.”3 Westward expansions grew, along with the economy. The United States took lands in the southwest to bring development and enlightenment to that area. The removal of Native Americans brought up the question of the morals the American people had. Some said it was because the wild Indians did not fit into eastern society. Some said driving them to new lands was so they could continue their barbaric lifestyles elsewhere. These statements contained much hypocrisy. Not all of the Natives were civilized, but many Native American tribes had literacy rates higher than white southerners. A large amount of tribes in the south were successful farmers, but they were still forced west. The Natives in the north found much success in trade, but they were still forced west. By the late 1800s, the United States border was ranging from coast to coast. The United States had become a prominent world power in a

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