Manifest Destiny

We’ve got an educational distributor for our three part series, Manifest Destiny, which was released to public television stations in July (thanks to Oregon Public Broadcasting). Films Media Group is doing the selling.  Buyers can order the full series or individual episodes.

I have to admit I really liked the American Historical Association review of Part I of the series: “Utilizing some remarkable historic footage and revisionist approach, it’s a work that guarantees you’ll never again see William McKinley as a kind of innocent victim of circumstances.”

Please check with our presenting station, Oregon Public Broadcasting, for future rebroadcasts of Manifest Destiny. Link to the FMG purchasing page here, and here’s a summary of the series:


A documentary mini-series on U.S. Foreign Policy

What does a City on a Hill have to do with Gitmo? How are American exceptionalism and democracy promotion related to foreign wars? Why does the 19th century rallying cry of “Manifest Destiny” still influence American foreign policy today?

These and other questions are addressed in the powerful stories featured in MANIFEST DESTINY, an historical series produced by the documentary unit of JAK Films, a division of Lucasfilm. The series is comprised of three 90 minute episodes.

Part 1, “To Conquer or Redeem,” focuses on the Spanish-American War of 1898 when the United States under President William McKinley and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt set out to free colonial Cuba from the cruelty of imperial Spain and ended up, after a brutal guerilla war, with a colony of its own – the Philippines.

Part 2, “Making the World Safe for Democracy,” considers the consequences – intended and otherwise – of Woodrow Wilson’s call for a world shaped by American style democracy. Tracing the Cold War struggle between the US and the USSR, this episode tells the dramatic story of how America moved from inspiring the young Ho Chi Minh at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 to fighting him nearly half a century later.

Part 3, “Monsters to Destroy,” begins with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. As the sole superpower, the United States under George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush inserts itself into a series of unpredictable and deadly military actions, from the Gulf War to Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, each with compromised objectives and unforeseen consequences – raising questions about US foreign policy goals in the 21st century.

Clear-eyed and probing, Manifest Destiny addresses key foreign policy concerns that affect every American. In-depth, insightful commentary by nationally respected historians and diplomats fill in the dramatic stories each episode tells. Over two decades after the end of the Cold War, one decade after the tragedy of September 11th, now more than ever is the time for national dialogue about the role the United States should play in the increasingly interconnected world of nations.

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  1. George H
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink


    FMG is selling the DVD with a public showing right. Kind of price it out of the reach of all regular viewers.

    You’ve got to change it. Why not sell it through PBS or Amazon?

  2. Sharon Wood
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    That decision was out of my hands, but you can request that your local public library buy the series. I hope to have a distribution arrangement to sell Manifest Destiny to individuals at some point soon. Thanks for your interest!

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