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How did Manifest Destiny impact American foreign policy?

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Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM via web

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How did Manifest Destiny impact American foreign policy?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM (Answer #1)

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The mindset that came to be identified with Manifest Destiny made a huge impact upon the ways of the United States of the mid-1800's, although the beginnings of the attitude were present long before then.

The philosophy of Manifest Destiny suggested that the United States was destined by God to spread its supremely desirable form of government and approach to society to the rest of the world. By increasing the American influence in foreign countries, the United States was bringing blessings to those countries that would not have been otherwise achieved.

God has predestinated, mankind expects, great things from our race... The rest of the nations must soon be in our rear. We are the pioneers of the world;...national selfishness is unbounded philanthropy; for we can not do a good to America but we give alms to the world.

Manifest Destiny was a consideration as the United States added territory through negotiations with Mexico, England, and Russia. After the conclusion of the 1898 Spanish-American War, the United States influence spread to a world-wide involvement, which many justified on the basis of Manifest Destiny.

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