"Yankee Doodle" -- Doubtful Etymology of the Words -- Difficulty in Tracing the Origin of the Melody -- Derisive Use of the Tune during the Revolution -- Began and Ended the Revolution -- First Appearance as a National Tune in Europe.
"YANKEE DOODLE" is shrouded in mystery; glib derivations of its tune are given on every hand, but when sifted many of these statements are found to belong to the realm of guesswork or tradition, rather than of history. The haziness of the entire subject begins, at the very threshold, with its title.
The word "Yankee" has been a bone of contention for generations among etymologists. Among the investigators of this topic none has devoted himself more assiduously to