Manifest destiny is a fascinating concept, particularly due to ownership. The idea of destiny certainly has a religious connotation, but the American concept of manifest destiny went far beyond that. Is there a common thread in these articles in terms of ownership? How do the authors of the pro-manifest destiny pieces justify their right to expand westward? Additionally, how do the critical pieces (i.e. British cartoons), argue against these principles?
Finally, why was Mexico so crucial? How does it connect to our conversations about slavery?