United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Free Essay

Manifest Destiny: Nationalism and Human Rights

‘Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast’ (Foner et al., par. 1). Such an attitude of first Americans has warmed up a negative relationship with Mexico, removed Native Americans and made a possible western settlement. John L. O’Sullivan was the first person to employ this phrase in an article on Texas’ annexation edited by him. The article was published in ‘the United States Magazine and Democratic Review’ in an edition of July-August 1845 (Foner et al., par. 1).

Manifest destiny as a term has occurred in the 1840s — this term meant to justify the spread of new population across the North American continent, as ‘it was Anglo-Saxon Americans’ providential mission’ (Foner et al., par. 2). This process involved various advantages and disadvantages for the Native Americans and other citizens. Even though the territories were taken away from the Native Americans; they were granted with the individual economic opportunities and liberties, which is an integral part of the modern American nation.

The term ‘Manifest destiny’ has been employed by many Americans back then. They used it in order to justify the occupation of the territories previously belonged to Native Americans and Mexicans. Those states include California and Oregon Territory. In the Southwest, it was Mexican land, and Cuba was occupied in the 1850s. Eventually, the term manifest destiny has been employed as a reason for new Americans stereotyping and discrimination of other citizens. They felt being better and worth far more benefits than others since they were the descendants of Anglo-Saxons and this was approved by the term ‘Manifest Destiny.’ 

Works Cited:

Foner, E. and Garraty, John A. The Reader’s Companion to American History.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 1991

Lubragge, M.T. Manifest Destiny – The Philosophy That Created A Nation. American History: From Revolution to Reconstruction and beyond. 2012.

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