Unit 4 Conquest of the West

In this unit, we explore one of the fundamentals of American culture, the notion of border and the resulting spirit of conquest. In American history, the “Frontier” is omnipresent. It’s about a complex concept, essential to understand the real and mythical history of the United States. The chosen documents help us to analyze the contrasts between myth and reality linked to the westward expansion.

Notions : Myths and Heroes

Key question : To what extent can the myth of Manifest Destiny be viewed as constitutive of American identity?

Other angles of view :
Idea of progress – To what extent does the 19th century westward expansion reflect American progress?
Places and forms of power – To what extent did the concept of Manifest Destiny justify American expansion and domination?