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Pearson And Manifest Destiny

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Posted by Rich on November 4, 2002 18:33:43 UTC

Pearson said: "You do not seem to know enough about it to see when you are just passing along propaganda and when you are actually adding to its evil."

However, I'd say I know what I'm talking about.

"To some, the Manifest Destiny Doctrine was based on the idea that America had a divine providence. It had a future that was destined by God to expand its borders, with no limit to area or country. All the traveling and expansion were part of the spirit of Manifest Destiny, a belief that it was God's will that Americans spread over the entire continent, and to control and populate the country as they see fit. Many expansionists conceived God as having the power to sustain and guide human destiny. "It was white man's burden to conquer and christianize the land" (Demkin, Chapter 8). For example, the idea that the Puritan notion of establishing a "city on a hill" was eventually secularized into Manifest Destiny--a sort of materialistic, religious, utopian destiny."

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