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Yankee Doodle

Songs of the American Revolution
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Alex Linville

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of Yankee Doodle

Songs of the American Revolution Yankee Doodle "Yankee Doodle" was originally sung by British soldiers to mock the American Rebels. "Yankee" was used as a negative term to describe Americans "Doodle" was a negative term meaning "fool" The song was used to mock the revolutionaries because they were a group of rag-tag, untrained farmers fighting against the very uniform and highly trained British Army. During the War of Independence the American rebels took "Yankee Doodle" and made it their own The revolutionaries started singing "Yankee Doodle" to taunt the British troops The song became the anthem of the American's during the war and when the British troops surrendered at Yorktown the revolutionaries played "Yankee Doodle" Significance in America Today "Yankee Doodle" is a symbol of American pride Origins The song represents how a rag-tag group of farmers managed to defeat the largest, most powerful army in Europe to gain their freedom "Yankee Doodle" is also the state anthem of Connecticut The American Version of "Yankee Doodle" was written in 1755 by an English doctor by the name of Dr. Shackburg One of the first printed versions of the song appeared in the opera "The Disappointment" in 1767 Another version appeared in 1775 mocking a US Army official from Massachusetts The American Version "Yankee Doodle"
(American Patriotic Song) The Song By: Robert Shaw Chorale "Yankee Doodle Dandy - The Music of Early America." Archiving Early America: Primary Source Material from 18th Century America. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. <http://www.earlyamerica.com/music/yankee-doodle.htm>. Sources Ruehl, Kim. "Yankee Doodle - Background Information and History of the Song Yankee Doodle." American Folk Music - All About American Folk Music and Americana. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. <http://folkmusic.about.com/od/folksongs/ Fallin, Jana R., and Mollie G. Tower. Using music to enhance student learning: a practical guide for elementary classroom teachers. New York: Routledge, 2011. Print. Works Cited The Revolution
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