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The yankee West and the Nazi East is a special exploration of the conceptual and historic relatives among the Early American and Nazi-German nationwide tasks of territorial enlargement, racial detoxification, and settler colonization of their respective 'western' and 'eastern' empires, in addition to their linked campaigns of utmost political violence opposed to 'native' indigenous peoples. Kakel locates the Early American nationwide venture in 'the West' as a principal a part of the histories of imperialism, colonialism, and genocide, and provides a distinct window directly to the colonial origins, content material, and context of the Nazi nationwide venture in 'the East', together with the Holocaust. by means of asking new questions of supposedly well-known ancient occasions and sessions, this e-book brings to gentle the unforeseen and unsettling connections among the 'American West' and the 'Nazi East', and hyperlinks histories formerly regarded as absolutely unrelated.

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29 Many American expansionists were preoccupied with the new American nation attaining racial homogeneity, and they looked forward to the day when ‘non-white’ peoples – that is, Indians, Mexicans, and free blacks – would ‘disappear’ from the entire North American continent and ‘whites’ would, as ‘destined’ by Providence, take sole possession. Manifest Destiny was a composite of ideas and emotions that provided an intricate justification for both the ‘nation’ and the ‘empire’. Its central assumption was that the American nation and its transcontinental territorial empire were ‘divinely ordained’.

He believed in the virtues of the independent farmer and in the need for an agrarian-based expansionism, leading to a land-based continental empire. 44 He singled out the ‘white’ yeomen farmer – his agrarian noblemen, the toilers in the American earth – as the appropriate social foundation for a United States of America. To Jefferson, the yeoman farmer was an heroic, poetic figure, and agriculture was the most ‘natural’ and worthy of occupations. In the aftermath of the victorious American Revolution, in a letter to American statesman and diplomat John Jay, dated 23 August 1785, Jefferson wrote that the new nation ‘now have lands enough to employ an infinite number of people in their cultivation’.

Within the settlement culture, ‘native’ indigenous peoples were defined as ‘non-persons’. 29 Many American expansionists were preoccupied with the new American nation attaining racial homogeneity, and they looked forward to the day when ‘non-white’ peoples – that is, Indians, Mexicans, and free blacks – would ‘disappear’ from the entire North American continent and ‘whites’ would, as ‘destined’ by Providence, take sole possession. Manifest Destiny was a composite of ideas and emotions that provided an intricate justification for both the ‘nation’ and the ‘empire’.

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