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Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny
Manifest Destiny, as a term for westward expansion, was not used until the 1840s. Its predecessor was the Doctrine of Discovery, a legal tradition by which Europeans and Americans laid legal claim to the land of the indigenous people that they discovered. In the United States, the British colonists who had recently become Americans were competing with the English, French, ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Praeger
(first published 2006)
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Jun 21, 2014 Malcolm rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Manifest destiny, historically the idea that the USA and its people have special/distinctive virtues, that there was a special mission to ‘civilise’ the west in the image of the self-constructed image of a yeoman east and the notion that the USA people and state had an irresistible obligation (i.e., destiny) to act on and achieve this duty in one of the great historical myths. This is not to say that it was false – many actually believed and acted on the idea – but it is mythical in that it was ...more
Law School Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland OregonMore about Robert J. Miller...