While no one knows precisely where the term "Yankee" and its abbreviated form "Yank" originated, both are used to describe Americans in general and northerners, especially New Englanders, specifically. Residents of countries throughout the world refer to Americans as Yankees.Know More
The song "Yankee Doodle Dandy" originated in England and was sung by both the British and early Americans, its lyrics changing as it made its way back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, according to National Public Radio. The English used lyrics that made light of Americans, while the Americans changed the lyrics to poke fun at the British.
According to NationalGeographic.com, many Americans embrace the term Yankee in an affectionate way. Fans of the New York Yankees baseball team, for example, are proud of the name. Many southern Americans, however, find the term offensive, due to the South having attempted to secede from the Union during the Civil War.
Culturally, Yankees are considered white, elite and wealthy people, according to NationalGeographic.com. Former presidents George H. W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Calvin Coolidge, all of whom were from New England states, were considered Yankees. In New England, the term usually refers specifically to residents of the state of Vermont.Learn more in US History
After migrating to North America around 11,000 years ago, Native Americans grew corn, maize, beans and squash. They hunted, built homes out of branches and animal skins, practiced tribal religions, enjoyed music and dancing, and used stories to pass on their culture and history.Full Answer >
Although the various theories for the cause of 9/11 vary widely and include conspiracy theorists' contention that it was an inside job by the United States government, the majority of people believe it was meant to protest U.S. support of Israel as well as its Middle East military presence in general. Attackers were allegedly Islamic terrorists from several Middle Eastern nations financed by Osama bin Laden. Each of the 19 hijackers who together took control of four commercial airplanes intent on suicide attacks were associated directly with bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorism group.Full Answer >
In general the New England colonies were strongly Puritan and valued the education of children. Although Rhode Island practiced religious tolerance, they were no different in this regard. Children learned to read using the Bible and the "New England Primer" under the tutelage of divinity students, ministers or even innkeepers. The school year lasted only four months.Full Answer >
The French initially had a peaceful relationship with Native Americans, and they often traded with them and engaged in intermarriage. However, even though the French primarily made peaceful attempts to promote Franco culture among Native American tribes, there were occasions when they forcefully removed them from their land and employed the use of slavery.Full Answer >