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Thread #122144   Message #2678957
Posted By: Ron Davies
13-Jul-09 - 07:30 AM
Thread Name: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Subject: RE: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Thanks, Les, for that link to William Billington.

I think it's fascinating, if you read his poems carefully, that he seems to reflect the complexity of the weavers' attitudes toward the US Civil War.   In "Aw Wud the War Wur Ended" he appeals for the freeing of the slaves. But in "Th' Surat Weyver's Song" it's "Bud iv wey w' t' Yankees hed eawr will? We'd hang 'em i' t' Surat".

Not an endorsement of the blockade.

Question obviously is: who are the "Yankees" in this regard?

Sounds to me as if the speaker is protesting the unfairness of his being caught up in a foreign quarrel.