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Concerning “Yanks.”

The following letter appeared in a number of the Charleston Courier;

To the Editors of the Charleston Courier:
I agree with you in the main in the remarks you make in your issue of the fourteenth, in relation to your use of the terms “Yankee” and “Yankeedom.” But as we ought to have a descriptive designation of that people that can give no offence to the many worthy and true men amongst us of Yankee birth, I propose that we as a people adopt the term “Yank” for our insane enemies; so that we may talk of the “Yank Government,” “Yank army,” “Yank Congress,” “Yank news,” etc., etc. It is short, contemptuous, and descriptive of the thing signified,

I am sorry to see you fall into the mistake of calling Yanks “Federals,” and of talking of “Northern news.” Northern and Southern are very well, as allusive to different sections of our Confederacy, or one country; but they are expressions calculated to mislead when applied to countries so entirely distinct as our Confederacy and the “Yank country.” Let, then, the term “Yank” be applied to that seething mass of Vandalism that blindly drives forward for our subjugation, utterly ignoring the principles of the government formerly established over them, and utterly regardless of those grand landmarks with which alone all good practical popular governments can consist. Let it be “Yank States,” “Yank people,” “Yank navy,” etc., etc., “Yank flag,” etc., etc., “a Yank,” “Yanks,” etc., etc.


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