In the nineteenth century the United States vastly expanded the size of its territory. How was ideology used to justify this expansion? Using nineteenth-century maps and art, students consider the roots of American exceptionalism.

Image: American Progress, painted by George A. Crofutt in 1873. From the Library of Congress.


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