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American Expansionism, 1783-1860

A Manifest Destiny?, 1st Edition

By Mark Joy


186 pages

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This new Seminar Study surveys the history of U.S. territorial expansion from the end of the American Revolution until 1860.

The book explores the concept of 'manifest destiny' and asks why, if expansion was 'manifest', there was such opposition to almost every expansionist incident. Paying attention to key themes often overlooked - Indian removal and the US government land sales policy, the book looks at both 'foreign' expansion such as the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the war with Mexico in the 1840s and 'internal' expansion as American settlers moved west .

Finally, the book addresses the most recent historiographical trends in the subject and asks how Americans have dealt with the expansionist legacy.

Table of Contents




1 Early American Expansionoism

2 The Louisiana Purchase

3 Rounding Out the National Domain: Diplomacy and Boundary Issues

4 Oregon and Texas

5 The War with Mexico

6 Conclusion



Who's Who


Guide to Further Reading


About the Author

Mark S. Joy is Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Jamestown College, North Dakota

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)