U.S. History : Identity, Ideas, Beliefs, and Culture

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identity, Ideas, Beliefs, And Culture

Who was the first active president to publicly espouse views in line with the idea of Manifest Destiny?

Possible Answers:

George Washington

John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren

Correct answer:

Andrew Jackson


Andrew Jackson, as evidenced by his horrifying Indian Removal Policy, was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the (highly ontologically and ethically suspect) doctrine of Manifest Destiny. Van Buren succeeded Jackson as president, and John Quincy Adams preceded him. The notion of Manifest Destiny had not come into the popular imagination during Washington's presidency.

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