The Massachusetts Bay Colony and Manifest Destiny
An argument on the similarities between the westward migrations of the seventeenth-century Puritans and the nineteenth-century frontiersmen of the West.
# 133797 | 1,500 words | 4 sources | 2007 |
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (U.S. American Society, 1640-1750) , History (Manifest Destiny Doctrine)
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This paper attempts to weave a thread between the westward migrations of the seventeenth-century Puritans and the nineteenth-century frontiersmen of the West. The paper argues that John Winthrop's experiences in reigning in the fanatical elements of his population anticipated the state's dilemma in doing the same with the frontiersmen two centuries later. In order to prove that thesis, the paper briefly notes the similarities between the religious rhetoric of both westward migrations, and follows that with a discussion on the state's ability in both cases to temper the dangerous emotions of overzealous adventurers.
From the Paper:"Although John Winthrop's first meeting with the members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony preceded John L. O'Sullivan's coinage of the term "manifest destiny" by two centuries, a clear thread connects the two events. The theme of westward expansion has accompanied U.S. history since England's disgruntled puritans first hatched the idea of a New World utopia, and it would not be an exaggeration to write that it was the Puritans, rather than Andrew Jackson or other nineteenth-century champions of westward expansion, who gave birth to what would later be called "manifest destiny." In fact, there are many striking similarities between..."
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