Manifest Destiny and American Imperialism

ManifestDestiny and American Imperialism


ManifestDestiny and American Imperialism

Manifestdestiny as a term is attributions to John L. O`Sullivan, a Democraticnewspaper editor from New York (Barnes &amp Bowles, 2014).O`Sullivan`s conception of manifest destiny came to attention throughhis editorial work in the New York Morning News of 27 December 1845.

AlbertK. Weinberg in his book defined manifest destiny to be in the essencethe power. He argued manifest destiny is when one country has adominant social worth, a distinctively lofty mission, and uniquerights in the application of moral principles (Jones &amp Rakestraw,1997). American exceptionalism is the notion that the U.S isdifferent qualitatively from other developed states due of itsnational credo, distinctive political and historical evolution (Koh,2003). The Mexican conflict confirmed the notion among Americans thatif the US did involve itself in the affairs of other countries, itwas not to oppress them. But to assist them get their rights to thesame freedoms that Americans had fought in the War duringIndependence.

Onecan argue that the idea of American Imperialism has got someadvantages in the sense that the nation is growing throughimperialism, therefore for American imperialism will be a bonus(Boot, 2003). There is cultural diffusion as America will be in aposition to spreads its culture to the other countries that theyconquer. Through imperialism, there will be more trade routes thatmay be established by the America through conquering other nations,for instance, the trade routes with China, Asia and other countries.On the other hand, imperialism in America may have some disadvantagesattached to it as the conquered nations may lose their traditions. Inthe case that the imperialism is cruel, a lot of innocent citizensmay be killed as witnessed in 1900-1903 capture of Philippines (Cox,2003). Imperialism can also give root to the spread of disease, forexample, bubonic plague.


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