Manifest destiny was the idea that it was the duty, or destiny, of Americans to spread across the continent. Jane McManus Storm Cazneau wrote, “It is time for the common duty of Patriotism to the Country to succeed,” (Cummings 232) hinting that it was unpatriotic to think otherwise. The age of American expansion and manifest destiny eventually came to an end but the mindset never really did. Throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, the mindset had a few alternations, but never fully left. Americans went from thinking it was their duty to spread across the continent to spreading across the world. Manifest destiny turned into American Imperialism. This mindset has continued into the 21st Century and has not left. Granted there are those who are against American Imperialism but there is no doubt a large part of the population that see it as patriotic. Some choose to think that no matter what America does, whether it is good or bad, it is patriotic to support the country because we are just “better” than everyone else. In that sense the ideology of manifest destiny still remains. Being patriotic is a great thing, but following blindly without being informed is just foolish. Being informed and fighting for what is right, as well as supporting the country to do what is right, is patriotic.
How did manifest destiny transform into American Imperialism?