Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: Manifest Destiny & The New Nation (1803-1859)

The complete list of articles in Defining Documents in American History: Manifest Destiny & The New Nation (1803-1859).

Volume 1

Antebellum Law and Politics

Speech in Congress on the War of 1812

McCulloch v. Maryland

The Monroe Doctrine

Gibbons v. Ogden

President Andrew Jackson’s Message to Congress “On Indian Removal”

Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

Cherokee Nation v. Georgia

Fugitive Slave Act

Compromise of 1850

Dred Scott v. Sandford

Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

On the Irrepressible Conflict

Supplemental Historical Documents

Message to the Senate and House Regarding South Carolina’s Nullification Ordinance


Manifest Destiny

Louisiana Purchase Treaty

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

California and Its Inhabitants

On Texan Independence

A Foreigner in My Own Land

Across the Plains in 1844

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

People v. Hall

On Seizing Land from Native Californians

The Discovery of Gold in California

Supplemental Historical Documents

Present at the Beginning of the Gold Rush

Regarding Oregon Statehood

Compelled to Sell, Little by Little


The Spirit of Reform

“Observations on the Real Rights of Women”

A Plan for Improving Female Education

Condition of Women

The Nature and Occasions of Intemperance

Address Delivered before the General Trades’ Union of the City of New York

Lowell Mill Girls

The Sphere of Woman and Man as Moral Beings the Same


The Great Lawsuit: Man versus Men, Woman versus Women

Manifesto of Robert Owen

Address to the First Women’s Rights Convention, July 19, 1848

Resistance to Civil Government

The Trial of John Brown

Supplemental Historical Documents

The Rights of Man to Property

The Education of Free Men

The New “Democratic” Doctrine


Volume 2

African American Protest Literature

An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade

A Thanksgiving Sermon on Abolition of the Slave Trade

The Confessions of Nat Turner

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup

Supplemental Historical Documents

David Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World

I Will Sink or Swim with My Race


The New American Identity

Oration before the Shamrock Friendly Association

Democracy in America

The Colored American

Declaration of Principles of the Native American Convention

A Woman’s Trip across the Plains

An Emigrant’s Narrative; or, A Voice from the Steerage

A Chinese American Protest

Germans in America Are on the Rise

Supplemental Historical Documents

The Voice of Warning to the Native-Born Patriots of Our Country

Progress and Extent of Immigration Prior to 1819

On the Description of Persons to Whom Emigration Would Be Most Beneficial

Editorial on Ethnic Colonies in Alabama and Illinois


Religious Expansion

The Kentucky Revival; or, A Short History of the Late Extraordinary Out-Pouring of the Spirit of God

Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington

Spiritual Freedom

Lectures on Revivals of Religion

Petition to the US Congress Regarding the Great Influx of Roman Catholics

I Believe in the Divinity of Labor

Colored Churches in This City

Plan of the West Roxbury Community

General Remarks on the State of Theological Opinion in America


Native American Land and Autonomy

Tecumseh’s Speeches to Governor William Harrison and General Henry Procter

An Indian’s Looking Glass for the White Man

Supplemental Historical Documents

Red Jacket’s Speech to Reverend Jacob Cram

We Love the Land That Covers the Bones of Our Fathers

Resolutions of the Treaty Party

Memorial of the Cherokee Nation

Address on the Present Condition and Prospects of Aboriginal Inhabitants of North America



Chronological List

Historical Timeline

Web Resources