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The concept of manifest destiny is as old as the first New Ewngland settlements. Without using the words, John Winthrop articulated the concept in his famous sermon, the Arbella Covenant (1630), when he said: " ... for we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; ..." Winthrop exhorts his listeners to carry on God's mission and to set a shining example for the rest of the world. From this beginning, the concept has had religious, social, economic, and political consequences. The words manifest destiny were first used by editor John L. O'Sullivan in 1845.

Selected Bibliography 2000-Present  

Brode, Douglas. Dream West: Politics and Religion in Cowboy Movies. Austin: U of Texas P, 2013.

Cloud, Barbara and Simpson, Alan K. The Coming of the Frontier Press: How the West Was Really Won. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2008.

Fresonke, Kris. West of Emerson: The Design of Manifest Destiny. Berkeley: U of California P, 2003.

Isaac, Allan P. American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2006.

LeMenager Stephanie. Manifest and Other Destinies: Territorial Fictions of the Nineteenth-Century United States. U of Nebraska P, 2004.

Lenz, William E. Ruins, Revolution, and Manifest Destiny: John Lloyd Stephens Creates the Maya. NY: Peter Lang, 2013.

Rebhorn, Matthew. Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier. NY: Oxford UP, 2012.

Rivera, John-Michael. The Emergence of Mexican America: Recovering Stories of Mexican Peoplehood in U.S. Culture. NY: New York UP, 2006.

Tinnemeyer, Andrea. Identity Politics of the Captivity Narrative after 1848. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2006.

Tricomi, Albert H. Missionary Positions: Evangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2011.

Wells, Jeremy. Romances of the White Man's Burden: Race, Empire, and the Plantation in American Literature, 1880-1936. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt UP, 2011.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "PAL: Appendix T: Manifest Destiny." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: http://www.paulreuben.website/pal/append/axt.html (provide page date or date of your login). 

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