How would you describe John O'Sullivan's view of race?
For John O'Sullivan, who coined the phrase, and other boosters of "manifest destiny," the concept was inextricably tied up with notions of Anglo-Saxon supremacy. O'Sullivan saw the United States, dominated by white Protestants, as a "great nation of futurity" (the title of one of his most famous essays) that was entitled, even obligated, to rule over lands formerly controlled by Mexico and Native Americans. In his 1845 essay "Annexation," O'Sullivan described the Mexican government as "imbecile and distracted," and asserted that it could no longer protect its territory of California:
The Anglo-Saxon foot is already on its borders. Already the advance guard of the irresistible army of...
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