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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 12:43 AM
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12. I would argue the first empire began with the Mexican-American War
Edited on Mon Feb-28-05 12:45 AM by Radical Activist
Fittingly, it was the first war Americans were led into based on lies. Lincoln, as a member of Congress, introduced a number of resolutions in Congress to point out the false assertions Polk had made to justify the war. That war was about nothing but Manifest Destiny.

Grant felt the Mexican-American war is what led to the Civil War. If the US had not expanded then there would have been no new territories and no new states. The addition of new states is what led to the renegotiation of the slavery issue and made it an irrepressible conflict that could only result in Civil War, in Grant's view. He felt the Civil War was in some part America's punishment for an unjustified war of aggression.

Anyway, the M-A war was more about Manifest Destiny and building an empire than the Civil War was. That seems to better fit what you are trying to describe.

I have long felt the current Iraq War is more like the M-A War than any other war in US history. There are many parallels.
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