Nelson, Shiela
November 2004
From Sea to Shining Sea: Americans Move West (1846-1860);2004, p40
This article discusses the reasons why the U.S. moved towards the west after its independence from Great Britain. Manifest Destiny gave a nice explanation of why U.S. citizens had the right to move west, but those who stayed behind must have thought the idea was better in theory than in practice. Many did not want to leave their comfortable houses to face unknown dangers. To actually strike out for western lands required a better reason than Manifest Destiny. The lure of land was a powerful motivation. Farm families often had ten or twelve children, since more children meant more help with chores. The population in the East grew quickly and soon farmers started feeling crowded. Newspapers published glowing reports about land in the West, filled with sketches of happy pioneer families. Apart from the lure of land, some families had other reasons to set out for western territories. The Mormons were one such group. The Mormon Church had begun in western New York in 1830. The Mormons traveled West for religious reasons, to escape persecution and to establish a home of their own, others went West with less spiritual motives. As U.S. citizens rushed to California to get in on the gold rush, people from around the world took notice of the uproar. Men came from China, Chile, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, France, and Turkey to find a piece of the riches of the U.S. INSET: Price of Goods in Gold Rush Mining Camps.


Related Articles

  • Of course we're imperialists. Holt, Pat M. // Christian Science Monitor;9/6/2001, Vol. 93 Issue 198, p9 

    Discusses the history of imperialism in the United States, including the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, and the view that the U.S. is an imperialist power.

  • Mutable destiny. White, Donald E. // Harvard International Review;Winter97, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p42 

    Discusses the future prospects of the United States as a world power. Common agreement on process of America's rise to world power; Challenges to the notion of American supremacy; Debate of the decline of the United States; Ability to remain a geopolitical leader through internal rebuilding.

  • Did You Know?  // Christian History;2000, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p2 

    Interprets the painting `Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way,' by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Depiction of the westward expansion of the United States and its `manifest destiny'; Description of parts of the painting; Stanza of a poem by Bishop George Berkeley.

  • Manifest Destiny or MUSCLE FLEXING? Herrera, Ricardo A. // Cobblestone;Dec2000, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p6 

    Considers manifest destiny as one of the major reasons for the United States' (U.S.) western expansion and the U.S.-Mexican War.

  • ...others take the land by his providence, but God's people take the land by promise. Garrett, W. // Magazine Antiques;Jul90, Vol. 138 Issue 1, p102 

    Editorial. Discusses the Puritans' belief that America was not being conquered but reclaimed by them and how their beliefs became a national identity which may be traced through virtually every major event of our culture.

  • Indigenous Genocide: The United States of North America. Waters, Anne // APA Newsletters;Spring2004, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p190 

    Analyses the occurrence of indigenous genocide in the United States of North America. Information on the ideological and historical value context of the policy of manifest destiny; Factors that characterize genocidal acts; Way in which genocide practices support empire building.

  • Wisdom of Dr. Seuss Needed. Retsinas, Joan // Progressive Populist;3/1/2010, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p15 

    The article offers the author's insight related to the allege presence of messianic complex in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama which hinders important changes in the health care system of the country.

  • From the Editor's Desk. Schultenover, David G. // Theological Studies;Dec2008, Vol. 69 Issue 4, p739 

    The author reflects on the 2008 U.S. presidential elections and compares American political myths to Christian mythology. He finds that Western civil institutions have adopted religious myths for their own use. He discusses the myth of manifest destiny used by the U.S. to justify its...

  • Mormon trek now has a global reach. Smillie, Dirk // Christian Science Monitor;7/23/97, Vol. 89 Issue 166, p1 

    Focuses on the Mormon church, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the late 1990s. The Mormon Trail wagon train to commemorate the church's exodus from Illinois to Utah in 1847; Goals of the church for the 21st century; Number of members in the church as of 1997; What the...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics