Review the following links:
- UVA Miller Center – President Polk
- John Gast’s “American Progress” (chromolithograph by George Crofutt)
- National Park Service, Palo Alto Battlefield
- Texas: Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
- Veterans Museum, Mexican War
- Historic Sites of the US, Mexican War
- National Oregon/California Trail Center
Answer the following questions with a minimum of 250 words – not including the questions (cumulative total of words)
- Explain the concept of manifest destiny. What principles are behind this mindset?
- How did the concept of manifest destiny define American foreign and domestic policies?
- How does John Gast’s painting illustrate the notion of manifest destiny? What symbolism is used in this painting and what does it represent in your opinion?