HIST 405 Manifest Destiny

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HIST 405 Manifest Destiny
Why did the Mexican War of 1846 take place? Was the war necessary? Was it…

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HIST 405 Manifest Destiny

HIST 405 Manifest Destiny

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Why did the Mexican War of 1846 take place? Was the war necessary? Was it a good thing? What does this war tell us about this period of American history? Was it God’s plan that the U.S. extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific, or were imperialists looking for a way to defend what they planned to do anyway? Elaborate. Class, let’s start with the Mexican War of 1846. Why did it happen? Was it necessary? Was it a good thing? (If so, for who?)…

So what were the consequences of drawing a new border for families who might have been spread across the national border that was suddenly created?

So, here’s a philosophical question: is war ever the answer? It is very important to ask these questions, when human lives are at stake. I have wondered about the “War on Terror” for the same reasons–can you really stamp out terrorism through war and bloodshed? Might war only make things worse?

The concept of Manifest Destiny is closely tied to the idea of “the white man’s burden.” What does this expression mean? Where did it come from? What are the problems with this idea, and how has it been contested and challenged?  Who did this story of Manifest Destiny benefit? Who did it harm?…