Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821 / Edition 1

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Overview

The first two decades of the 19th century found many Americans eager to move away from the crowded eastern seaboard and into new areas where their goals of landownership might be realized. Such movement was encouraged by Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe - collectively known as the Jeffersonians - who believed that the country's destiny was to have total control over the entire North American continent. The Jeffersonian presidents would have used any means, short of all-out war, to expand the boundaries of the United States. Filibusters and Expansionists explores the motives of those presidents in office during that time and also the successful and unsuccessful intrigues and episodes of the movement. Utilizing memoirs, diaries, biographies, newspapers, and vast amounts of both foreign and domestic correspondence, Frank Lawrence Owsley, Jr., and Gene A. Smith reveal an insider's view of the filibusters and expansionists, the colorful - if not sometimes nefarious - characters on the front line of the United States's land grab.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[In] a lively and informative work, Owsley and Smith describe the revolutionary activities in the Gulf South and their connection with the expansionist trends of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. This book does a thorough job of describing filibuster activities in both Florida and Texas, American efforts to seize Indian lands, operations against a free black fort in Florida, and Andrew Jackson's adventures in Florida."
Journal of Southern History

"Filibusters and Expansionists adds a breath of fresh air to the history and historiography of antebellum foreign policy."
Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817351175
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Library of Alabama Classics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank L. Owsley Jr. is Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University and author of Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle of New orleans, 1812–1815.

Gene A. Smith is Professor of History at Texas Christian University and author of Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny.

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Table of Contents

1 "A special kind of state making" : Jeffersonian manifest destiny 7
2 "To conquer without war" : the philosophy of Jeffersonian expansion 16
3 Followers of the green flag : revolution in the Texas borderlands 32
4 The first Spanish-American war : patriot effort to annex Florida 61
5 "Pacified by paternal solitude" : Indian wars as an expansionist movement 82
6 A leftover of war : Negro fort 103
7 "A set of desperate and bloody dogs" : the acquisition of Amelia Island 118
8 Destiny becomes manifest : Andrew Jackson invades Florida 141
9 "Taking advantage of propitious circumstances" : the struggle for Texas 164
10 A Jeffersonian leviathan : manifest destiny succeeds 181
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