Deus Vult: John L. O’Sullivan, Manifest Destiny, and American Democratic Messianism

  title={Deus Vult: John L. O’Sullivan, Manifest Destiny, and American Democratic Messianism},
  author={Adam Gomez},
  journal={American Political Thought},
  pages={236 - 262}
  • Adam Gomez
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • Political Science
  • American Political Thought
Within the rhetorical tradition of American civil religion, the United States is often depicted as divinely obligated to spread and defend democratic government throughout the world. That trope partly stems from the political thought of John L. O’Sullivan, editor of the United States Democratic Review and the christener of Manifest Destiny. This essay analyzes his political writing, which characterizes America as a sinless agent of God’s will, possessing a messianic destiny to initiate a global… 
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