Manifest Destiny was an idea that captured the spirit of westward expansion in the United States.
What is Manifest Destiny?
Examine the documents carefully. You and your team should find answers to these questions:
The American realizes that 'Progress is God.' The destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent -- to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean... to change darkness into light and confirm the destiny of the human race... Divine task! Immortal mission! The pioneer army perpetually strikes to the front. Empire plants itself upon the trails.
O beautiful for spacious skies,
From "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates
JOHN GAST'S AMERICAN PROGRESS (1872)
America is symbolized by the woman in white.
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