The young republic's self-image during the administration of James Knox Polk : a study of the swift unfolding of America's sense of destiny and mission 1844-1849

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Quinton Curtis Lamar (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: Those pioneers who first migrated to the New World in the seventeenth century brought with them a sense of specialty. They were not ordinary adventurers, no random sampling of those lands left behind. In fact, these people considered themselves sifted wheat among men, believing that God had bestowed upon them special advantages. With these advantages, furthermore, went the obligation to create a better society. As a result, the first Americans felt compelled to found the perfect civilization—a heaven on earth, so-to-speak. Such was not the case, for this theocracy, this Wilderness Zion, did not succeed. The foundation was laid, however, for future generations. These descendents were imbued with this sense of destiny and mission as were their predecessors.

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Language: English
Date: 1966
Polk, James K. $q (James Knox), $d 1795-1849
United States $x Territorial expansion
United States $x History $y 1815-1861

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