WHO ARE YANKEES?
A Frenchman is not; a Dutchman is not, nor a Spaniard. George F. Train, in a recent speech in London, proves that the genus Yankee is an Englishman. In England they call all North and South Americans, Yankees. They term Yengeese was applied by the Indians, to the firt Englishmen who settled America. From Yengeese (young-geese) came the term Yengees -- Yankee. Therefore, the real Yankees are the John Bulls. Americans are John Bulls, with the horns knocked off. Puritans, cavaliers, all, all, were once Yankees. When did they change their spots? Jeff Davis and Alex. Stephens are Yankees. Their daddies were born in Connecticut. It is confounded hard to say who is not a Yankee. The breed is very mixed.
[Reprinted in San Francisco Bulletin, May 10, 1862, p. 4.]
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