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Anonymous historystu
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2 months ago
How did the push for expansion shape American identity and influence the nation's perception of its role on the global stage?
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A month ago
Manifest Destiny was this idea that our expansion as a nation was divinely ordained. We saw ourselves as a young, energetic democracy destined to spread liberty and progress across the continent. This fueled a belief in American exceptionalism, the idea that we were somehow better than other countries. This attitude, however, also had a dark side. Native American tribes were pushed off their lands, often violently. The Mexican-American War added new territories but strained relations with our southern neighbor. Expansion also deepened the slavery debate. New states meant new votes in Congress, and whether these states would be slave or free became a major point of contention, ultimately helping to spark the Civil War. So, while westward expansion solidified America's place as a major power, it also exposed internal divisions that would continue to challenge the nation for decades to come.

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