As Eyman puts it, generations of Americans saw Wayne as the embodiment of “a sort of race memory of Manifest Destiny.”
At what point is Manifest Destiny fulfilled—and what are we supposed to do with ourselves then?
Exploration used to be such a big part of American life: Manifest Destiny, landing on the moon.
A popular slogan of the 1840s. It was used by people who believed that the United States was destined — by God, some said — to expand across North America to the Pacific Ocean. The idea of manifest destiny was used to justify the acquisition of Oregon and large parts of the Southwest, including California. (See Mexican War.)