Manifest Destiny Was One Inspiration for Coast-to-Coast American Empire

The phrase Manifest Destiny was coined by journalist John O’Sullivan, an advocate of Jacksonian democracy, in 1845. It reflected a belief that Americans had a god-given right to expand from sea to shining sea, that white American culture was superior to other cultures, and that native Americans and Mexican Americans who inhabited the land were obstacles to civilization. But it was never a consensus concept in America due largely to the issue of slavery, and the conflict over expanding slavery westward.

Published on Feb 2, 2011

Here’s a little story I’d like to tell
about the land that we love and know so well
it started small, not much to boast,
just thirteen colonies on the east coast
as time went by Europeans moved west
and took native land calling it conquest
why’d they do it , it’s easy to see,
an idea called Manifest Destiny
Georgia, 1828, the Cherokee nation was the center of debate
they did their best to assimilate
but their land was some primetime real estate
so Andrew jackson laid the feud to rest
and forced them to leave
in the name of progress
over 15,000 faced their fears
in what later became known as the trail of tears
by 1840, we cleared the east,
of native peoples may they rest in peace
with guns and steel
the whites had their way
now they set their sights on Californ-i-a
see Mexico, as we know it today
is only a piece of where it used to lay
back in the day
it included L.A.
but expansionists had something to say
according to them, it was part of god’s plan
to spread our culture all across the land
our democracy was simply the best
so it’s only right that we take the southwest
others spoke up said let’s take it slow,
we need to respect the rights of Mexico
but James K. Polk took the reigns,
war broke out and more land was gained

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