Stephanson explores the origins of Manifest Destiny–the American idea of providential and historical chosenness–and shows how and why it has been invoked. Anders Stephanson examines the consequences of this idea over more than three hundred years of history, as Manifest Destiny drove the westward settlement. Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right. By Anders Stephanson. Hill And Wang, pp. $ Purchase. This provocative.

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No eBook available Amazon. Open to the public Book English Show 0 more libraries Ambitious in its concise summaries of enormous historical and ideological analysis albeit, admitted by the author himselfthis text does what it intends to do. In this way, it stands out from other manifest destiny works.

I’m not sure who the author was writing for: Falling Into the World, Because of this the argument overall is weakened. While this was, also, expansion based on racialization and the establishment of hierarchy, these terms were never questioned as to their accuracy.

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You could not be signed in. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. While there were several ideologies and frameworks to select from during the era, all of them led to the same conclusion- America was exceptional and the Anglo race was to spread that exceptionalism as far destinyy it could to the west.

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Kaylee rated it it was ok Jan 12, This stance of manifest destiny really takes advantage of the religious implications of the term and makes a strong argument for the power of religious ideology in the nineteenth century. You do not currently have access to this article.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Paperbackpages. Citing articles via Google Scholar. This book is good for learning the basics about manifest atephanson, but the writing is very dry. Dale Fritch rated it liked it Jul 28, Lists with This Book. The result is a remarkable and necessary book about how faith in divinely ordained expansionism has marked the course of American history.

Home This editionEnglish, Book edition: Among other histories on this subject, this work strives to create an argument that it was not only racial superiority that warranted expansion, but also rather religious principle that created a tradition, which could carry racial, intellectual and settling superiority through the process of founding new regions of the United States.

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Return to Book Page. Giving divine right to the American people through rhetoric, which established the United States as, in some cases, the new Israel, or very often as the Promise Land for stfphanson Chosen, meant that there could be no earthly limitations on the exercise of such right.

Although stephznson a thick book, it covers this heavy topic in a measured and erudite style, citing good historical markers and providing insightful views of its origins.

Stephanson explores the origins of Manifest Destiny–the American idea manifestt providential and historical chosenness–and shows how and why it has been invoked over the past three In other words, all the land that they could travel to continentally to the west already belonged to them and whoever inhabited in currently were undeserving and of lesser importance than the Anglo race.