Context:

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  • Why did Americans believe they were exceptional?
    • Winthrop?
    • Jefferson?
    • political and economic systems that set us apart?

What's your stance?

  • Examples of exceptionalism in:
    • ART
    • Literature
    • Architecture
    • Language
    • Religion
    • Women's place in society
  • Tie to Manifest Destiny: need to expand our ideals and influence - John O' Sullivan
    • Natives?
    • California:
      • Thomas Larkin
        • support or oppose expansion? why?
      • Juan Bautista Alvarado
        • support or oppose expansion? why?
  • Expansion and the Election of 1844
    • Polk (Dem.) vs. Clay (Whig)
      • Dems. stance on expansion?
      • Whigs stance on expansion?
  • Polk Admin:
    • Buchanan-Packenham Treaty
    • War with Mexico
    • Wilmot Proviso - why does it fail?
  • Conclusion: Why is the topic of American exceptionalism and "manifest destiny" significant? Why does it matter? What did these beliefs lead to?