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Motivations: What motivates you to…. w ake up in the morning? p lay sports? p lay a musical instrument or dance or perform? d o well in school? k eep going when things are particularly difficult, unfamiliar or uncertain?. Motivations.

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Motivations what motivates you to
Motivations:What motivates you to…

  • wake up in the morning?

  • play sports?

  • play a musical instrument or dance or perform?

  • do well in school?

  • keep going when things are particularly difficult, unfamiliar or uncertain?


Motivations

Motivations

What would motivate people to do a difficult thing like moving west to an unfamiliar, uncertain and possibly inhospitable environment?


Motivations1
Motivations

  • Philosophical motivations

  • Economic motivations

  • Political motivations


Philosophical
Philosophical

  • What “ideas” would get people excited about moving west?


Philosophy

Philosophy =

A system of principles that guides a person’s (or group’s) affairs


Manifest destiny
Manifest Destiny

  • A phrase coined by journalist John O’Sullivan

  • The belief of many political leaders in the 19th century that the U.S. was destined by God to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific

  • Idea (philosophy) that was used as justification for territory/land acquired by Americans (for example, through the Mexican-American War



Philosophical motivation
Philosophical Motivation

…other nations have undertaken to intrude themselves into it…in a spirit of hostile interference against us, for the avowed object of thwarting our policy and hampering our power, limiting our greatness and checking the fulfillment of our manifestdestiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.—John O’Sullivan

Excerpted from “Annexation,”The United States Magazine and Democratic Review 17 (July 1845): 5–10.


Expansionism

expansionism =

The belief that expanding a nation’s territory is necessary for the growth and development of the country


Economic
Economic

  • What economic factors would encourage people to move west?









S upply and demand

supply and demand =

Supply is how much of something is available.

Demand is how much of something people want.


Basic laws of supply and demand
Basic laws of supply and demand

  • If demand increases and supply remains the same, it leads to higher prices

  • If demand decreases and supply remains the same, it leads to higher prices

  • If supply increases and demand remains the same, it leads to lower prices

  • If supply decreases and demand remains the same, it leads to higher prices


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