Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 23:56:45 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: "Addressed to a New Yorker Who Scoffed at Yankees"
Abby Allin wrote a popular poem for the Boston Journal that was later
republished in HOME BALLADS: A BOOK FOR NEW ENGLANDERS in 1851. The poem
illustrates that "Yankees" were NOT "New York Yankees," but rather "New
England Yankees," or "Connecticut Yankees." I didn't cite the poem in my
"Origin of the New York Yankees" essay, but here it is:
A YANKEE BALLAD.
ADDRESSED TO A NEW YORKER WHO SCOFFED AT YANKEES
Yes, Sir, I am a Yankee girl,
I glory in the name!
You spake it in contemptuous scorn,
To me it breathes of fame;
I'm proud of my nativity--
New England good and great,
Is head and shoulders taller, sir,
Than your boasted Empire State! ...