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Thread #122144 Message #2679588
Posted By: Ron Davies
13-Jul-09 - 09:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Subject: RE: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Using "Yankee" to mean all Americans: In fact that was not universal in Britain at the time of the Civil War, as illustrated by the quote I gave earlier by the Bank of England person who had lived in the US. His rather intemperate description obviously specifically referred to the descendants of Puritans: that is, Northerners, not Southerners.
Perhaps the educated (the upper classes) made the distinction more often.
And as I said, the Billington poem referring to the Indian cotton was not an endorsement of the blockade against the South: rather, as I said, it seems clearly to be a protest at being caught as a pawn in a foreign quarrel.
As I said, the attitudes appear to have been quite complex--with good reason.