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Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History
Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History Author:Frederick Merck Was Manifest Destiny a true expression of our national spirit? In answering this question a distinguished American historian here provides a brilliant reinterpretation of the idea set forth by some writers and politicians in the 19th century that the United States was destined to acquire the entire continent of North America and even an overseas... more » empire. One of Frederick Merck's conclusions is that the overwhelming majority of the American people did not share these goals of imperialism and continentalism, but cherished, instead, the ideal of Mission, of setting an example of freedom to the world, and of creating an image which other peoples might wish to copy.
"In thus calling for a reconsideration of the role played by Manifest Destiny in our history, Professor Merck has performed an invaluable service." - David Donald, Journal of Southern History
"Gurney Professor Emeritus of American History at Harvard University ... [Frederick Merck] has devoted a lifetime to studying the expansion of the American people. In this book ... [he] displays the learning, the lucidity, the honesty, and the impatience with humbug that attracted legions of students to his lectures and seminars." - Arthur Mann, The Christian Science Monitor« less