Manifest Design: American Exceptionalism and Empire by Thomas R. HietalaManifest Design: American Exceptionalism and Empire by Thomas R. Hietala

Manifest Design: American Exceptionalism and Empire

byThomas R. Hietala

Paperback | December 23, 2002

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Praise for the earlier edition—

"A fascinating, thought-provoking book. . . . Hietala shows that it was not destiny but design and aggression that enabled the United States to control Texas, New Mexico, and California."—Historian

"Hietala has examined an impressive array of primary and secondary materials. . . . His handling of the relationship between the domestic and foreign policies of the decade shatters some myths about America's so-called manifest destiny and deserves the attention of all scholars and serious students of the period."—Western Historical Quarterly

Since 1845, the phrase "manifest destiny" has offered a simple and appealing explanation of the dramatic expansionism of the United States. In this incisive book, Thomas R. Hietala reassesses the complex factors behind American policymaking during the late Jacksonian era. Hietala argues that the quest for territorial and commercial gains was based more on a desire for increased national stability than on any response to demands by individual pioneers or threats from abroad.

Title:Manifest Design: American Exceptionalism and EmpireFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 23, 2002Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080148846X

ISBN - 13:9780801488467

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Magnificent Distances, Magnificent Intentions

CHAPTER 2: Texas, the Black Peril, and Alternatives to Abolitionism

CHAPTER 3: Of Swords and Plowshares: Coercion through Commerce

CHAPTER 4: Jefferson Redivivus: The Perils of Modernization

CHAPTER 5: Continentalism and the Color Line

CHAPTER 6: American Exceptionalism, American Empire

CHAPTER 7 Divided They Fell: The Demise of Democratic Expansionism

CHAPTER 8 The Myths of Manifest Destiny

A Note on Sources