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Manifest destiny
Heidler, David Stephen, 1955-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xxiii, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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E179.5 .H45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From Colonial times through the 19th century, European Americans advanced toward the west. This book explains the origins of territorial expansion and traces the course of Manifest Destiny to its culminating moment, the conquest of Mexico and the acquisition of the western territories. It also weighs major historical interpretations that have evolved over the years, from those praising expansionism to those condemning it as imperialistic and racist. A mixture of essays, biographical portraits, primary documents, a timeline, and an annotated bibliography gives students and researchers everything they need to begin their examination of this prominent and oft-disputed concept in American history.

Manifest Destiny opens with an overview that traces the causes and consequences of American expansionism. Six subsequent chapters cover topics varying from Andrew Jackson's invasion of Spanish Florida and Indian removal to the settlement of Texas and the Oregon Question. Biographical portraits of Stephen Austin, James K. Polk, Osceola, Santa Ana, John O'Sullivan--the coiner of the phrase Manifest Destiny--and others provide personal glimpses of some of the era's major players. Primary documents such as the Oregon Treaty of 1846, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the Polk's declaration of war against Mexico enable students to see actual historical evidence from the time period. A chronology, a glossary, and an index make this the most well-rounded and recent reference source on the topic.

Author Notes

DAVID S. Heidler and JEANNE T. HEIDLER are renowned, award-winning historians. David is on the faculty of Colorado State University, Pueblo. He is the author of Pulling the Temple Down: The Fire-eaters and the Destruction of the Union . Jeanne is Professor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is co-author with David Heidler of The Encyclopedia of the War of 1812 , the award-winning The Encycloopedia of the American Civil War , a Social, Political, and Military History, and The War of 1812 (Greenwood, 2002).

Table of Contents

Linda S. Frey and Marsha L. Frey
Mapsp. ix
Series Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Chronologyp. xix
Chapter 1 Historical Overviewp. 1
Chapter 2 People on the Land: Policy, War, and the Great Migrations, 1784-1841p. 27
Chapter 3 Finishing Off Floridap. 53
Chapter 4 Domestic Impediments: Indian Removalp. 73
Chapter 5 Santa Anna Meets Manifest Destiny: Texasp. 97
Chapter 6 Oregonp. 117
Chapter 7 Mr. Polk's War: Manifest Destiny and the Acquisition of the Southwestp. 141
Biographies of Prominent People in the Periodp. 165
Primary Documents of the Periodp. 181
Glossaryp. 203
Annotated Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 233