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February 6, 2001 - VOL. 28, NO. 02


Woman who coined phrase "Manifest Destiny" described in new TSHA book


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Jane McManus Storm Cazneau -- journalist, adviser to national political figures and adventurer -- is a little-known and under-appreciated 19th-century figure, who played a key role in shaping United States domestic and foreign policy. Cazneau's contributions are revealed in a new book, Mistress of Manifest Destiny, published recently by the Texas State Historical Association at UT Austin.

Best known under the pseudonym Cora Montgomery, Cazneau also often wrote anonymously. While a staff writer for John L. O'Sullivan, editor of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, she described the mission of the United States as "Manifest Destiny," thereby coining one of the most significant and influential phrases in American history.

Linda S. Hudson, author of Mistress of Manifest Destiny: A Biography of Jane McManus Storm Cazneau, 1807-1878, is a professor of history at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. This is her first work published by the TSHA.

Cazneau's activism was not limited to her role as an essayist. She vigorously fought for the causes that she supported, whether working behind enemy lines during the Mexican War, filibustering for Cuba or Nicaragua, promoting Mexican revolution from a dugout in Eagle Pass, or urging free blacks to emigrate to the Dominican republic.

William H. Goetzmann, Jack S. Blanton Professor of History and American Studies at UT Austin, calls the new book "absolutely riveting history of the first order."

Manifest Destiny can be ordered directly from the TSHA by calling 1-800-687-8132.


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