Filibusters and Expansionists Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821 (Paperback)
|Author: Frank Lawrence/ Smith Owsley|
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This compelling narrative demonstrates the passionate interest the
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This compelling narrative demonstrates the passionate interest the| Jeffersonian presidents had in wresting land from less powerful foes and| expanding Jefferson's "empire of liberty."
The first two decades of the 19th century found many Americans| eager to move away from the crowded eastern seaboard and into new areas| where their goals of landownership might be realized. Such movement was| encouraged by Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe- collectively known| as the Jeffersonians- who believed that the country's destiny was to have| total control over the entire North American continent. Migration patterns| during this time changed the country considerably and included the roots| of the slavery controversy that ultimately led to the Civil War. By the| end of the period, although expansionists had not succeeded in moving into| British Canada, they had obtained command of large areas from the Spanish| South and Southwest, including acreage previously controlled by Native| Americans.
Utilizing memoirs, diaries, biographies, newspapers, and vast amounts| of both foreign and domestic correspondence, Frank Lawrence Owsley, Jr.,| and Gene A. Smith reveal an insider's view of the filibusters and| expansionists, the colorful- if not sometimes nefarious- characters on| the front line of the United States's land grab. Owsley and Smith describe| in detail the actions and characters involving both the successful and| the unsuccessful efforts to expand the United States during this period-| as well as the outspoken opposition to expansion, found primarily among| the Federalists in the Northeast.