Who’s Afraid of a Little Empire? Anti-imperialism in Nineteenth-Century America

Lecture Description

It’s all too easy to take the current territorial boundaries of the United States for granted, but as this talk will make clear, there was nothing “Manifest” about the current shape of the nation either for expansionists who demanded the annexation of Cuba, Canada, Central America, and the entirety of Mexico, or for the many Americans who believed the United States large enough before the remarkable territorial acquisitions of the 1840s. This lecture will return contingency to its rightful place in the process of U.S. empire building.

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1800-1865 West

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