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CONTENTS SET A:

The Old National Trail: The Final Destination, and Why?

 WHY AND WHERE THE AMERICANS WOULD GO WEST

THE TASKS

 

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Go West, young man, Go West and Grow up With the Country (Horace Greeley, 1851)  from http://www.history.com/topics/manifest-destiny

"Go West, young man" is a phrase often credited to the American author Horace Greeley concerning America's expansion westward, related to the then-popular concept of Manifest Destiny. It was first stated by John Babsone Lane Soule in an 1851 editorial in the Terre Haute Express, "Go west young man, and grow up with the country." Greeley later used the quote in his own editorial in 1865.

       Greeley favored westward expansion. He saw the fertile farmland of the west as an ideal place for people willing to work hard for the opportunity to succeed. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation's problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East. It is one of the most commonly quoted sayings from the nineteenth century and may have had some influence on the course of American history.

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Go West, young man, Go West and Grow up With the Country (Horace

Greeley, 1851)

       "Go West, young man" is a phrase often credited to the American author Horace Greeley concerning America's expansion westward, related to the then-popular concept of Manifest Destiny. It was first stated by John Babsone Lane Soule in an 1851 editorial in the Terre Haute Express, "Go west young man, and grow up with the country." Greeley later used the quote in his own editorial in 1865.

       Greeley favored westward expansion. He saw the fertile farmland of the west as an ideal place for people willing to work hard for the opportunity to succeed. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation's problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East. It is one of the most commonly quoted sayings from the nineteenth century and may have had some influence on the course of American history.

       

HORACE GREELEY, REPORTER

 Some sources have claimed the phrase is derived from the following advice in Greeley's July 13, 1865 editorial in the New York Tribune, but this text does not appear in that issue of the newspaper. The actual editorial instead encourages Civil War veterans to take advantage of the Homestead Act and colonize the public lands.

"Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country." ---Horace Greeley

       The Manifest Destiny movement was highly political, involved slavery, the Homestead Act with free land, and the spiritual attitude that America had a God's command to become a world power, and expand from coast to coast.  It would involve removal of native Americans as well as the future technologies of the Trans-Continental Railroad, and the telegraph. 

THE MONROE DOCTRINE, 1822

       President James Monroe would declare the United States had a manifest destiny, of sorts, to eventually own and control the continent from east to west.  "Much of the talk about Manifest Destiny had many people suggesting that America should assume the role as a world power. James Monroe in 1822 echoed this idea in his famous Monroe Doctrine when he warned Europe and the rest of the world to "Stay out of the Western Hemisphere."" from American History site at http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/essays/1801-1900/manifest-destiny/manifest-destiny---the-philosophy-that-created-a-nation.php

Check the American History site at http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/essays/1801-1900/manifest-destiny/manifest-destiny---the-philosophy-that-created-a-nation.php to get more detailed information about the implications of the Manifest Destiny.


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