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Yankee Doodle Becomes an American Song

The battles of Lexington and Concord resulted in at least one important capture by the Colonial troops, for it was at this time that Yankee Doodle became an American song. Since the days of the French-Indian War the song had been used by the British to make fun of the colonials, “in their ragged regimentals”. The term “Yankee” was indeed … Continue reading

Derry Down Parodies

In the 1770s various overt acts were gradually leading the Colonies and England to the inevitable struggle. March 5th, 1770, saw the Boston Massacre, and soon afterwards an anonymous British sympathizer circulated this song on a broadside, adapted to the Derry Down tune:

You simple Bostonians, I’d have you beware, Of your Liberty Tree, I would have you take care, … Continue reading


A chronological account of the music that originated in Washington’s time forms something of a history of his career, and of American events generally. During his boyhood and early manhood, Washington heard chiefly English music. Of English patriotic airs, God Save the King was probably composed in England in 1740, and was no doubt known in the colonies soon after … Continue reading

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