Amy Greenberg’s study Manifest Manhood provides an intriguing new interpretation of the meaning of Manifest Destiny and the discourse of American expansionism during the middle part of the nineteenth century. Reversing commonly held historical interpretations, Greenberg convincingly shows that Manifest Destiny continued to hold its appeal to Americans after the Mexican-American War. Proponents of aggressive expansionism viewed the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Central America as the “new frontiers” in need of conquering. Between the conclusion of the Mexican- American War and the outbreak of the Civil War, the practice of filibustering, the invasion of foreign territory by private American mercenaries without official government approval, rose to epidemic proportions.
Grytz, Gerhard. Review of Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire. Southwestern Historical Quarterly 110, no. 4 (2007): 554-555. doi:10.1353/swh.2007.0041.
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