What was Manifest Destiny"?
Manifest destiny was a widely held American imperialist cultural belief in the 19th-century United States that American settlers were destined to expand across North America.
Historian Frederick Merk says this concept was born out of "a sense of mission to redeem the Old World by high example ... generated by the potentialities of a new earth for building a new heaven". However, in contemporary culture many have condemned manifest destiny as an ideology that was used to justify genocide against Native Americans.
Historians have emphasized that "manifest destiny" was a contested concept—Democrats endorsed the idea but many prominent Americans (such as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and most Whigs) rejected it. Wikipedia
"Our manifest destiny to possess the whole of the continent."
-attributed to Newspaper editor John O'Sullivan in 1845
Manifest Destiny - the 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable.
|1872 painting "American Progress" by John Gast|
The Transcontinental Railroad
"The Oxford English Dictionary defines colonialism as “colonization by settlement.” In the case of the U.S., Canada, and other settler colonies, colonialism was a process that replaced existing, Indigenous communities and ways of relating to the land with settler populations, and settler ways of life." The impact of the Transcontinental Railroad on Native Americans