Sex and Manifest Destiny : The Urge That Drove Americans Westward


Sex and Manifest Destiny : The Urge That Drove Americans Westward



By Martin Naparsteck, former College at Brockport faculty member.

Many factors--political, economic, sociological--contributed to the United States' westward expansion across the continent. But the role that sex played has largely been unexplored by scholars. This is the first book-length study to examine such topics as Thomas Jefferson's interest in the sex lives of American Indians, white's fear of Indians raping white women, Christian missionary beliefs that Native American sexual practices needed to be altered in order to save Indian souls, and the desire of Mormons to practice polygamy. These and other sex-related dynamics all combined to play a role in America's extension from the Atlantic to the Pacific.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2012.

vii, 230 pages ; 23 cm.


United States History




Located in Drake Library at: E338 .N37 2012

CONTENTS: ntroduction : rethinking manifest destiny -- Lewis and Clark : exploring for sex -- Mountain men : escaping to sex -- The missionary : saving Indians from sex -- Presidential sex -- Saving white women from Indians -- Sexual exodus -- End of the sex drive -- Appendices: A. "Annexation" by John O'Sullivan : the first mention of "manifest destiny" -- B. Thomas Jefferson's letter of instructions to Meriwether Lewis -- C. Meriwether Lewis's invitation to William Clark -- D. Excerpts from letters written by Marcus Whitman -- E. Fanny Kelly's petition to Congress -- F. Joseph Smith's revelation on plural marriage -- G. Mormon church ban on polygamy.