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The Myth of the Morally Superior Yankee
http://www.lewrockwell.com ^ | February 10, 2004 | Thomas Dilorenzo

Posted on 02/10/2004 6:17:06 AM PST by PeaRidge

The Myth of the Morally Superior Yankee by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

"Hillary Clinton is a museum-quality specimen of a Yankee – self-righteous, ruthless, self-aggrandizing" ~ Clyde Wilson

Being born and raised in Pennsylvania, I am a northerner but not a Yankee. The same is true of my friend Lew Rockwell, a native of Massachusetts who would qualify for membership in Sons of Union Veterans. The word "Yankee" gained popularity in the early to mid nineteenth century to describe a particular brand of New Englander: arrogant, hypocritical, unfriendly, condescending, intolerant, extremely self-righteous, and believing that he and his were God’s chosen people.

Yankees have never shied away from using the coercive powers of the state to compel others to be remade in their image. That’s why compulsory government schooling originated in New England, as did prohibitionism. It’s also why Stalinism took hold in the North (especially in New York City) in the twentieth century, as did its offshoot, neoconservativism, in more recent times. Indeed, many of the more notorious neoconservatives openly admit that they were Stalinists in their youth and have never fully abandoned those beliefs.

At the outbreak of the War to Prevent Southern Independence there was a vigorous secession movement in what were known then as the Middle States – Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey. During the war there were thousands of Northern "peace Democrats" who opposed Lincoln and his Yankee cabal. These people, who were essentially Jeffersonians, had one thing in common with the Southern Confederates: they despised the arrogant, pushy, greedy, and insufferably self-righteous Yankees. They were ruthlessly censored and imprisoned by the tens of thousands by the Lincoln government. When they rioted over military conscription, the Yankee army shot them dead in the streets by the hundreds if not thousands (See Iver Bernstein, The New York City Draft Riots).

The idea of Yankee moral superiority was carefully crafted almost from the time of the Pilgrims. By 1861, New England Yankees and their Midwestern cousins had concocted the myth of a free, white, and virtuous New England that, by virtue of its moral superiority, had a right to remake all other sections of the U.S. in its own image, creating a Heaven on Earth (i.e., the New England-ization of North America). A corollary of this myth was the notion of the morally corrupt, slave-owning South.

But the notion of a morally superior New England Yankee nation is all a myth, as is explained in great detail by Joanne Pope Melish in her book, Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and Race in New England, 1780–1860 (Cornell University Press, 1998). Professor Melish, who teaches at the University of Kentucky, documents how New England propagandists rewrote their own history, not unlike how the Soviets rewrote Russian history, to say that slavery in that part of the country was only very brief and very benevolent.

The truth of the matter is that slavery existed in New England for more than 200 years (beginning in 1638) and it was every bit as degrading and dehumanizing as slavery anywhere. In mid eighteenth century Rhode Island slaves accounted for as much as one third of the population in many communities. Newport, Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts, were the two biggest hubs of the transatlantic slave trade. Many slaves worked in the shipping industry in New England. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island were the three biggest Northern slave-owning states.

Virtually all of the household and farm labor of New England’s aristocracy was done by slaves, Professor Melish shows. "These servants performed the dirty, heavy, dangerous, menial jobs around the household, or they acted in inferior roles as valets and maids to masters and mistresses of the upper class" (p 17).

Professor Melish documents the pervasive sexual abuse of slaves by their New England slave masters. The famous New England cleric Cotton Mather advised his fellow Yankees to Christianize their slaves so that they will become even better slaves. "Your servants will be the Better Servants," Mather preached, "for being made Christian servants" (p. 32). Christianize your slaves, and they will be "afraid of speaking or doing any thing that may justly displeasure you." All of this history has been whitewashed and hidden by politically-correct, Northern historians for generations.

With the growth of industry that required a more and more educated and skilled labor force, slavery became uneconomical. So, beginning in the late eighteenth century gradual emancipation laws were introduced in New England. In general, these laws stated that the children of existing slaves would be freed upon reaching a certain age, usually either 21 or 25. In principle, a one-year old slave in the year 1784, who had a child at age 25, would remain a slave for life, but his or her child would be freed in around 1834.

Slaves were included in the New England population census for 1840, and as late as 1848 Rhode Island was passing new laws outlawing slavery. New Hampshire passed a new law outlawing slavery there even later – in 1857.

Some New England slave owners kept their slaves in ignorance of the gradual emancipation laws, or never told them exactly when they were born to keep them enslaved as long as possible, in violation of the laws.

Many New England slave owners did not free their young slaves upon reaching age 21 or 25, but sold them to Southern plantation owners. Slavery may have ended, but these men did not free their slaves.

Along with gradual, peaceful emancipation was the belief among most New Englanders that all blacks were aliens and should either be deported or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson insisted, they would "follow the Dodo into extinction" (p. 285). As soon as gradual emancipation laws were passed there were accompanying laws that would assure that "free" blacks would never be granted anything like citizenship. "A complicated system of seizures, fines, whippings, and other punishments for a legion of illegal activities" was imposed, Stalin-style, on the small number of free blacks in New England (p. 69).

Freed slaves were denied titles to property, which tended to pauperize them. Then vagrancy laws were passed so that various communities could deport as many free blacks as possible from their midst. Free blacks were routinely accused of "disturbing the peace" and subsequently deported out of their communities.

New Englanders announced over and over that they didn’t believe black people were capable of citizenship and did everything they could to get rid of them. The American Colonization Society was very active in New England. This organization raised funds to deport blacks to Liberia and other foreign lands. By 1861 some 12,000 free blacks had been deported to Liberia, most of whom perished there. To New Englanders, "abolition" meant the complete absence of black people from their "chosen land." As Emerson stated, "the abolitionist wishes to abolish slavery, but because he wishes to abolish the black man" (p. 164). That would "restore New England to an idealized original state as an orderly, homogenous, white society. A free New England would be a white New England" (p. 64).

In the first half of the nineteenth century New Englanders were bombarded with graphic and literary representations of blacks as being preposterous, stupid, or evil. Melish reproduces some of these vulgar, racist posters in her book.

There was a New England version of the Ku Klux Klan as well, in the form of roving gangs that conducted "terroristic, armed raids on urban black communities and the institutions that served them" (p. 165). So it turns out the "Klan," like the Black Codes, was a New England invention.

Free blacks in New England in the first half of the nineteenth century were lampooned and savagely ridiculed publicly, urged to leave the country, attacked, rioted against, excluded from juries, and even from cemeteries. Black graves were dug up so that white cemeteries would not be "tainted." "The corpses of people of color seem to have become a target of grave robbers," writes Melish (p. 186). Black children were excluded from most public schools, even though their working parents were taxpayers.

Entire predominantly black communities in New England were assaulted and burned to the ground, Sherman style. "By the early 1820s whites had begun to apply a strategy for their [blacks’] physical removal – assaulting their communities, burning down their homes, and attacking their advocates" (p. 199). There was, writes Professor Melish, a "crescendo of mob violence against people of color" in the 1830s with as many as a hundred violent incidents between 1820 and 1840.

All of this violence was motivated by the fundamental New England belief that black people were "anomalous and troublesome strangers." The ultimate objective of all the violence and harassment was to realize the "promise" that "Negroes would slowly diminish in number until finally they would disappear altogether" (p. 209). Keep this in mind the next time you see one of those gushy, touchy-feely speeches by a Joshua Chamberlain character in a "Civil War" movie that attempts to portray what a benevolent and charitable attitude the Yankee soldiers had toward blacks in the South.

The degraded situation of the poor, hapless ex-slaves of New England was a direct result of both slavery and the savage, institutionalized discrimination against them by new Englanders. By 1853 Frederick Douglas would observe the situation in New England and ask, "What stone has been left unturned to degrade us? What hand has refused to inflame the popular prejudice against us? What whit has not laughed at us in our wretchedness?"

New England Yankees did not blame any of this on themselves. The reason why New England’s black population was in such dire straights, they said, was Southern slavery. This makes no sense at all, but it was repeated often enough that the idea apparently took hold. Indeed, this notion is alive and well today; Melish cites contemporary social scientists who insist that racism in the North is not the fault of Northerners but has supposedly been imported from the South. (As someone who grew up in the North, I can attest that this is unequivocally false).

This is how the myth of the morally superior Yankee came into being – by rewriting 200 years of New England history. By 1861 this Yankee myth pervaded much of the North, especially the Midwest, where New Englanders had been migrating to for generations. At the time, states like Illinois constitutionally prohibited the emigration of black people into the state, deprived the miniscule number of free blacks there of any semblance of citizenship, and actively attempted deportation with the help of state colonization societies. Abraham Lincoln was the head of the Illinois Colonization Society and he supported the allocation of tax funds to be used to deport free blacks from Illinois.

When the extension of slavery into the new territories became a big issue, one of the chief reason Northerners were opposed to it was that they intended to New England-ize the territories, and that meant keeping them all white. That could never occur with either slaves or free blacks there. This policy – and Lincoln’s support of it – is one reason why Ebony magazine editor Lerone Bennett, Jr. wrote such a passionate and scathing criticism of Lincoln in his book, Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream a few years ago.

As early as 1784, an American dictionary quoted a British visitor to America as saying "The Englanders are disliked by the inhabitants of all the other provinces, by whom they are called Yankeys . . ." (Melish, p. 236). By 1865, the Yankee victory in the war marked "the stunning success of the cultural imperialism" that was a salient feature of New England nationalism. At that point "New England had become the nation and, in the process, the nation had become New England" (p. 236).

This is why very few Americans have ever been exposed to American history. What they have been indoctrinated in by the government-run schools is the self-righteous and self-serving New England version of American history, the paramount idea of which is myth of Yankee moral superiority. In other words, they have been taught one big bundle of lies that serves primarily to glorify the centralized state that we all slave under today.

February 10, 2004

Thomas J. DiLorenzo [send him mail] is the author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, which was just re-released in paperback with a new chapter by Three Rivers Press/Random House.

Copyright © 2004 LewRockwell.com


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 02/10/2004 6:17:07 AM PST by PeaRidge
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To: stainlessbanner
For your Dixie Ping list please, Sir....
2 posted on 02/10/2004 6:20:07 AM PST by TomServo ("Why does the most evil man in the world live in a Stuckeys?")
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To: TwoBit; aomagrat; sheltonmac; billbears; bluecollarman; JMJ333; Constitution Day; TomServo; ...
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3 posted on 02/10/2004 6:20:32 AM PST by PeaRidge (Lincoln would tolerate slavery but not competition for his business partners in the North)
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To: PeaRidge
Tom Dilorenzo BUMP.
4 posted on 02/10/2004 6:20:51 AM PST by reelfoot
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To: PeaRidge
Bingo.
5 posted on 02/10/2004 6:20:54 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: PeaRidge
Related thread:

E. J. Dionne's "Harvard boutique" Liberal Gnosticism
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1071359/posts

6 posted on 02/10/2004 6:24:35 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: PeaRidge
The word "Yankee" gained popularity in the early to mid nineteenth century to describe a particular brand of New Englander: arrogant, hypocritical, unfriendly, condescending, intolerant, extremely self-righteous

Hey! I resemble(Some of)that remark

7 posted on 02/10/2004 6:26:28 AM PST by #1CTYankee
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To: PeaRidge
"... the War to Prevent Southern Independence..."

LOL

8 posted on 02/10/2004 6:28:09 AM PST by Petronski (John Kerry looks like . . . like . . . weakness.)
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To: PeaRidge
There was a New England version of the Ku Klux Klan as well, in the form of roving gangs that conducted "terroristic, armed raids on urban black communities and the institutions that served them" (p. 165). So it turns out the "Klan," like the Black Codes, was a New England invention.

I'm shocked, shocked I tell ya.

9 posted on 02/10/2004 6:30:28 AM PST by 4CJ (||) Support free speech and stop CFR - visit www.ArmorforCongress.com (||)
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To: PeaRidge
OK, OK, but are you for Kerry or ag'in him?
10 posted on 02/10/2004 6:30:51 AM PST by ontos-on
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To: aculeus; general_re; BlueLancer; Poohbah; hellinahandcart; Catspaw; hchutch
Yankees have never shied away from using the coercive powers of the state to compel others to be remade in their image. That’s why compulsory government schooling originated in New England, as did prohibitionism. It’s also why Stalinism took hold in the North (especially in New York City) in the twentieth century, as did its offshoot, neoconservativism, in more recent times. Indeed, many of the more notorious neoconservatives openly admit that they were Stalinists in their youth and have never fully abandoned those beliefs.
This is so confusing. I thought the evil neocons were Trotskyites.
11 posted on 02/10/2004 6:31:36 AM PST by dighton
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To: PeaRidge
A yankee puritan bump
12 posted on 02/10/2004 6:32:14 AM PST by steve50 ("Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." -H. L. Mencken)
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To: PeaRidge
He does have some good points, I mean someone from New York State acts completely different from someone from New York City. My best friends are from Ohio & Pennsylvania and I only refer to them as being a Yankee when i'm trying to irritate them. Although i'll admit that when I lived in Central Florida the DAMN YANKEES were there by the thousands and I couldn't wait for winter to be over so that they'd leave and go back North.
13 posted on 02/10/2004 6:33:08 AM PST by HELLRAISER II (Give us another tax break Mr. President)
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To: PeaRidge
Thank you! This is a keeper.

I'm surprised that some of our South-hating Freepers haven't shown up yet to refute all of this. Still, it's early. . .

14 posted on 02/10/2004 6:38:32 AM PST by Capriole (Foi vainquera)
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To: dighton
That’s why compulsory government schooling originated in New England, as did prohibitionism. It’s also why Stalinism took hold in the North (especially in New York City)

Compulsory government schooling was instituted so that kids could read the Bible. There are no Yankees in NYC except those that moved there. The definition of Yankee, in Mass anyway, is of long time English descent and Protestant. Proibitionism was instituted to keep the Irish in line and we have been paying for it since,

15 posted on 02/10/2004 6:40:45 AM PST by Little Bill (I can't take another rat in the White House at my age.)
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To: PeaRidge
"It can not be denied that for five and twenty years the agitation at the North against slavery has been incessant. In 1835 pictorial handbills and inflammatory appeals were circulated extensively throughout the South of a character to excite the passions of the slaves, and, in the language of General Jackson, 'to stimulate them to insurrection and produce all the horrors of a servile war'.

"This agitation has ever since been continued by the public press, by the proceedings of State and county conventions and by abolition sermons and lectures.

"The time of Congress has been occupied in violent speeches on this never-ending subject, and appeals, in pamphlet and other forms, indorsed by distinguished names, have been sent forth from this central point and spread broadcast over the Union.

"The long-continued and intemperate interference of the Northern people with the question of slavery in the Southern States has at length produced its natural effects.

"The different sections of the Union are now arrayed against each other, and the time has arrived, so much dreaded by the Father of his Country, when hostile geographical parties have been formed.

"I have long foreseen and often forewarned my countrymen of the now impending danger. This does not proceed solely from the claim on the part of Congress or the Territorial legislatures to exclude slavery from the Territories, nor from the efforts of different States to defeat the execution of the fugitive-slave law.

"All or any of these evils might have been endured by the South without danger to the Union (as others have been) in the hope that time and reflection might apply the remedy.

"The immediate peril arises not so much from these causes as from the fact that the incessant and violent agitation of the slavery question throughout the North for the last quarter of a century has at length produced its malign influence on the slaves and inspired them with vague notions of freedom.

"Hence a sense of security no longer exists around the family altar. This feeling of peace at home has given place to apprehensions of servile insurrections. Many a matron throughout the South retires at night in dread of what may befall herself and children before the morning.

"Should this apprehension of domestic danger, whether real or imaginary, extend and intensify itself until it shall pervade the masses of the Southern people, then disunion will become inevitable.

"Self-preservation is the first law of nature, and has been implanted in the heart of man by his Creator for the wisest purpose; and no political union, however fraught with blessings and benefits in all other respects, can long continue if the necessary consequence be to render the homes and the firesides of nearly half the parties to it habitually and hopelessly insecure.

"As sovereign States, they, and they alone, are responsible before God and the world for the slavery existing among them. For this the people of the North are not more responsible and have no more fight to interfere than with similar institutions in Russia or in Brazil."

"How easy would it be for the American people to settle the slavery question forever and to restore peace and harmony to this distracted country! "

"They, and they alone, can do it. All that is necessary to accomplish the object, and all for which the slave States have ever contended, is to be let alone and permitted to manage their domestic institutions in their own way."

President James Buchanan, December 1860, State of the Union Report

He completely and truthfully understood the motivation of the secessionists.
16 posted on 02/10/2004 6:41:55 AM PST by PeaRidge (Lincoln would tolerate slavery but not competition for his business partners in the North)
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To: PeaRidge; sweetliberty
Thanks for posting this.
17 posted on 02/10/2004 6:43:00 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Little Bill
Good morning.

Just as clarification (probably unneeded), the italicized remark in #15 is DiLorenzo's, not mine.

18 posted on 02/10/2004 6:46:49 AM PST by dighton
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To: Capriole
Still, it's early. . .

They'll be along shortly. Keep your powder dry and your tea sweet

19 posted on 02/10/2004 6:47:48 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: HELLRAISER II
Central Florida? Isn't that Michigan South? :)
21 posted on 02/10/2004 6:48:13 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (Hey John F'n Kerry - "WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU!!!!!")
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To: Dan from Michigan
I can honestly tell you that Central Florida has representation from every state in the Union and also representation from almost every country on the planet.
22 posted on 02/10/2004 6:53:16 AM PST by HELLRAISER II (Give us another tax break Mr. President)
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To: dighton
All of this history has been whitewashed and hidden by politically-correct, Northern historians for generations.

Ah, well - I guess I just imagined studying the institution of slavery in New York. At my northern university. Under a northern professor.

He must have been an agent provocateur, eating away at the whitewash from within ;)

23 posted on 02/10/2004 7:01:26 AM PST by general_re (Remember that what's inside of you doesn't matter because nobody can see it.)
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To: PeaRidge
The conflict between north and south started in England. Puritans were from East Anglia and southern Hills people from the Scottish border. Two completely different cultures. They hated each other before America was discovered. See 'Albion's Seed', a great book.

A good novel on the clash between these cultures is 'Enemy Women'. Federal military in Missouri imprisoned thousands of women because their husbands/male relatives were suspected of Confederate sympathies.
24 posted on 02/10/2004 7:34:45 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: #1CTYankee
I concur #1CTYankee!

I am a lifelong New Yorker, but my father's side were good, unprejudiced union dues paying New Englanders from Lynn and Salem, Mass. I do not hold New Englanders accountable for their widespread reputation as "snotty, condescending and arrogant". It is probably that they elect some of the biggest blowhards in the country (Barney Frank, John Kerry, Lowell Weicker, Teddy Kennedy, Howard Dean).

By the way, this unfair and idea of the Northern arrogance and elitism is the main reason why the Bushes cringe when they are associated with New England..."we are TEXANS." This is in the face of the facts Bush's dad was a senator from Connecticut; Bush Sr. was born in Milton, Massachusetts; GW was born in New Haven, Connecticut; they have a homestead at Kennebunkport; and Sr's mom was born in Maine!

Although I am 100% supportive of our president, his curt dismissal of his New England roots are disengenuous and kind of insulting to those from Connecticut to Maine who support him as well. This distancing must be more media manipulation by Karl Rove.

In fact, GW Bush lost his first race for Congress in 1977 because he was "not Texas enough" according to the man who beat him. This reinvention is okay, but distancing himself from his roots are silly at best.
25 posted on 02/10/2004 7:37:10 AM PST by FUMETTI (John Kerry, the anti American Lurch.)
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To: dighton; general_re; BlueLancer; Poohbah; hellinahandcart; Catspaw; hchutch
Yankees have never shied away from using the coercive powers ...

... of baseball bats.

26 posted on 02/10/2004 7:52:35 AM PST by aculeus
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To: TomServo
Anyone who believes that yankees are somehow superior, hasn't met the painfully parochial townees of New Hampshire, the gap-toothed swamp yankees crawling around the backwoods of Vermont and Maine, the "jobless-beret-wearing-dressed-in-black" sophomore pontificators on the sidewalks of Boston, your basic "Brooklyn Moron", virtually any politician in Rhode Island, etc., etc.

Yes indeedy, those yankees have a real lock on sophistication.
27 posted on 02/10/2004 8:01:18 AM PST by atlaw
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To: FUMETTI
Although I am 100% supportive of our president, his curt dismissal of his New England roots are disengenuous and kind of insulting to those from Connecticut to Maine who support him as well. This distancing must be more media manipulation by Karl Rove.
I don't think that Karl Rove has anything to do with it. Bush identifies with Texas much more than he identifies with Connecticutt or Maine. Like it or not, he really thinks and acts like a Texan.

30 posted on 02/10/2004 8:24:03 AM PST by DallasMike
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To: PeaRidge
One can trace all this Northern arrogance directly back to the puritans.
31 posted on 02/10/2004 8:28:28 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup (Voting for a lesser evil is still an evil act and therefore evil...)
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To: PeaRidge
It’s also why Stalinism took hold in the North (especially in New York City) in the twentieth century, as did its offshoot, neoconservativism,

WTF...?

32 posted on 02/10/2004 8:39:59 AM PST by martin gibson
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To: Paul C. Jesup
Wasn't Rodger Williams that go kicked out of Massachusetts colony because he believed the Indians should be getting paid for their land?
33 posted on 02/10/2004 8:49:08 AM PST by oyez (Kerry Kan't Kut it.)
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To: PeaRidge
bttt
34 posted on 02/10/2004 8:49:59 AM PST by dtel (Texas Longhorn cattle for sale. We don't rent pigs.)
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To: oyez
Sorry, I don't know, but it seems Pres. Grant had the same opinion on taking the Indians land as that Massachusetts colony.
35 posted on 02/10/2004 8:53:14 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup (Voting for a lesser evil is still an evil act and therefore evil...)
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To: PeaRidge
Damned Yankees are not superior, either by morals or genetics, to Texans.
36 posted on 02/10/2004 9:01:08 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: PeaRidge
"Hillary Clinton is a museum-quality specimen of a Yankee – self-righteous, ruthless, self-aggrandizing" ~ Clyde Wilson

When taking her state of origin into consideration, I think she is more appropriately labeled a F I B

37 posted on 02/10/2004 9:07:09 AM PST by Freebird Forever
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To: FUMETTI
The definition Yankee means different things to different people.
What might be thought of as unfriendly in say the south wouldn't be in New England.
I lived at the same adress for 15 years and never once spoke or knew the names of any of my neighbors.
They never introduced themselves(Sometimes that can be a good thing.) and so I assumed they wanted their privacy.
38 posted on 02/10/2004 9:29:58 AM PST by #1CTYankee
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To: aculeus
I've always been peeved that the Yankees called the Braves "Bush League."
39 posted on 02/10/2004 10:16:57 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: squarebarb
The conflict between north and south started in England. Puritans were from East Anglia and southern Hills people from the Scottish border. Two completely different cultures. They hated each other before America was discovered.

You are correct. That was also recognized on the eve of the civil war. His timeline slightly errs, and I believe intentionally so to make the point in jest, with the Mayflower but the summary is essentially accurate:

"The mere expression of “the irrepressible conflict” was credited first to Mr. Lincoln, and then to Mr. Seward, and then to the Senator from Ohio; but this doctrine of perfectibility in the people of the free States is of New England origin. It began before your Revolution; long before that. It began when Charles lost his throne. I think it began before his time. Old John Knox started it and then it got down into England. They helped Cromwell to cut off their King's head. After that, better than even the Puritans, they were called Independents; then they were called fifth-monarchy men; and then Cromwell had to run them out of England; and then they went over to Holland, and the Dutch let them alone, but would not let them persecute anybody else; and then they got on that ill-fated ship called the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. And from that time to this, they have been kicking up a dust generally, and making a mess whenever they could put their fingers in the pie. They confederated with the other states to save themselves from the power of old King George III; and no sooner than they had gotten rid of him than they turned to persecuting their neighbors. Having got rid of the Indians, and witches, and Baptists, and Quakers in their country; after selling us our negroes for the love of gold, they began stealing them back for the love of God. That is the history as well as I understand it." - Senator Louis T. Wigfall, March 2, 1861

40 posted on 02/10/2004 10:34:53 AM PST by GOPcapitalist
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To: PeaRidge
Actually if you look at what Yankee means, I think the Northerners would distance themselves from the term. The definition of the word Yankee is: A native or resident of New England, but the term derives itself from the days of when the Dutch were in charge of New York. The Dutch used the term "Jan Kase" to refer to the English settlers in the area. Jan translates as "John" slang for John Bull, and Kase (there is an umlaut over the A) meaning "cheese" head. So in short the true definition of the term means English Cheesehead! Perhaps the Dutch may've been on to something afterall!
41 posted on 02/10/2004 11:04:22 AM PST by Colt .45 (Cold War, Vietnam Era, Desert Storm Veteran - Pride in my Southern Ancestry!)
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To: Colt .45
I like your version better than this one:

Yankee: This word is believed to have been derived from the manner in which the Indians endeavored to pronounce the word English, which they rendered "Yenghees," whence Yankee.
42 posted on 02/10/2004 1:23:21 PM PST by labard1
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To: PeaRidge
It's not a myth. We are not only morally superior - we're better Americans!!!
43 posted on 02/10/2004 1:24:43 PM PST by familyofman
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To: PeaRidge
The first Yankees were the Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam so named by the British who stole the city by force; after a while the term shifted to the British themselve when the city was renamed New York. A term of derogation from the beginning, the application has spread far beyond new York.
44 posted on 02/10/2004 1:30:28 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Dan from Michigan
I think a lot of Michiganders come to South Texas. They are called snowbirds.
45 posted on 02/10/2004 1:40:58 PM PST by Ditter
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To: familyofman; PeaRidge
Yeah, New England is the hub of the solar system.

LINK

"Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system."

~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., of Massachusetts~

46 posted on 02/12/2004 2:33:06 AM PST by nolu chan
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To: RightWhale; PeaRidge
The first Yankees were the Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam so named by the British who stole the city by force....

Of course, the Dutch stole it from the Indians. While we are discussing myths and fairy tales, the one about buying Manhattan for 24 dollars worth of wampum deserves a dishonorable mention.

In addition to New Amsterdam, the city was New Orange for a time when ownership passed back and forth between the Dutch and the British. Way back then, NYC only referred to a little spit of land in lower Manhattan south of Wall Street. Wall Street got its name from the wall that stood there to keep out the invading hordes.

47 posted on 02/12/2004 2:46:14 AM PST by nolu chan
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To: Little Bill
Proibitionism was instituted to keep the Irish in line and we have been paying for it since,

Probably due to lack of Old Bushmill's, the ability to make Irish Coffee was lost. Now, in the States, they serve up some wretched concoction with whipped cream on top.

48 posted on 02/12/2004 2:52:15 AM PST by nolu chan
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To: ontos-on; PeaRidge
OK, OK, but are you for Kerry or ag'in him?


49 posted on 02/12/2004 2:57:06 AM PST by nolu chan
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To: PeaRidge
It's not just Yankees.


50 posted on 02/12/2004 8:29:02 AM PST by Lady Jag (It's in the bag)
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