Prologue to Manifest Destiny: Anglo-American Relations in the 1840s

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During the 1840s the United States and England were in conflict over two unsettled territories along the undefined Canadian-American border. This riveting account of the Maine and Oregon boundary treaties is brought to life masterfully by Professors Howard Jones and Donald Rakestraw.

The events in this story paved the way for one of the most far-reaching developments in American history: the age of expansion. The United States gradually came to believe in manifest destiny, the irreversible expansion of the States across the continent. The country?s success with England in resolving the two territorial disputes marked the dawn of this new era.

Complicating the U.S.-English situation in the 1840s was a border conflict brewing with Mexico. Failure to resolve the disputes with England might have led the United States to war with two nations at once. Careful negotiations led to settlements with England instead of war. But the United States went to war with Mexico from 1846 to 1848.

Prologue to Manifest Destiny offers a rare, detailed look at the tense Anglo-American relationship during the 1840s and the two agreements reached regarding the land in the Northeast and the Northwest. Presidents John Tyler and James Polk and the robust master of diplomacy, Daniel Webster, were among the American actors who played center stage in the drama, as well as Britain?s Lord Ashburton, who worked closely with Webster to keep the turbulent conflict over the Northeast territory from escalating into war.

This gripping frontier story will fascinate as it educates. Prologue to Manifest Destiny is perfect for courses in American history, international relations, and diplomatic history.

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Okay, this book is not FUN to read, and yes I HAD to read it for my American Diplomatic History class-but the facts I learned about what our country and its leaders were doing during this time period ... Read full review

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The Spirit of 76 and the Search for National Honor The Northeastern Boundary Dispute
xv
Freedom Awakened Remember the Caroline
19
Mother Country at Bay The Strange Case of Alexander McLeod
41
Honor at Sea or Slavery at Home? The African Slave Trade Right of Search and the Creole Mutiny
69
Machiavellian Prelude to Negotiations Toward the National Interest
95
Epilogue to the American Revolution The WebsterAshburton Treaty and National Honor
119
A New and Even More Troublesome Boundary Dispute Northwest to Oregon
149
Rising Temperature Feed a Cold Starve a Fever
173
Only at the Cannons Mouth Young Hickory Takes Charge
199
From Crisis to Compromise The Oregon Treaty
231
Afterword
263
Notes
267
Bibliography
311
Index
329
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Howard Jones is university research professor and chair of the department of history at the University of Alabama. Donald A. Rakestraw is associate professor of U.S. Diplomatic History at the Georgia Southern University.

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