Western Expansion, Manifest Destiny, and the Mexican-American War

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Why or how is Manifest Destiny an issue greater than just the annexation of Texas?

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I think that the issue of Manifest Destiny can be seen as larger than the annexation of Texas. To a certain extent, this can be seen in the development of the term. "Manifest Destiny" carries with it a significant religious context.  This can be seen when O'Sullivan "proclaimed that it was the manifest destiny of the United States to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions. Historians have understood the direct implications of this:  "Any genealogy" [of the term Manifest Destiny] must begin with the "biblical notions . . . of the predestined, redemptive role of God's chosen people in the Promised Land: providential destiny revealed."  The divine notion of American identity is of significant importance within Manifest Destiny.  

There is an affirmation that the divine forces "chose" America as an exceptional nation.  This helps to convey an issue larger than the...

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