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Yankee Doodle

This well-known revolutionary folk song is definitive in American culture, even today. Although this song may be associated with American Independence movement, it significantly predates the American Revolution. The song was originally written as an English battle song during the French and Indian War. After this war, fought in the North American colonies, Yankee Doodle retained its popularity in the “New World.”  As with many folk songs, the lyrics to Yankee Doodle have been changed over time. The original Yankee Doodle song was likely written by the British to mock the unrefined colonists, while leading up to the Revolution and even to this day, it has been turned into a patriotic anthem of sorts by Americans. In this case, the variations tend to match the political climate of the time, making it particularly interesting to folk music historians.

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About Shauna Vert

Digital History geek, museum lover, former Smithsonian intern and uOttawa alumni. Tweeting @Shaunanagins, brainwaving at shaunanagins.com.

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