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14.5: Critical Thinking Exercises
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- Why did the United States eventually incorporate “all of Texas,” but not “all of Oregon” or “all of Mexico”? What factors in the decision were similar, and which were different? What problems would the U.S. have faced if it had incorporated all of these regions?
- Using John Gast’s painting American Progress, explain how Americans viewed Manifest Destiny. Consider the role of “progress” in technology, culture, and economy.