What's a Yankee Doodle Dandy?
Abigail Adams: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: One to three class periods
The development of a national identity began before American Independence; however, the song “Yankee Doodle” took a derisive insult and turned it into one of the most popular patriotic songs in our history and helped a new nation define itself. Almost every student knows the words of the first verses but few can complete the song or are aware of its rich meaning.
Songs and Oaths: Yankee Doodle
Songs of Early America: Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle, the Song
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.