"If that isn’t just like these ignorant low class Yankees."
Illustration from Harper's Weekly, 12 Jan, 1867
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Though the meaning of Yankee shifts depending on the origins of the speaker, for Southerners it means any Northerner. Characteristics with which they were generally credited were cunning, practicality, materialism, coarseness and lack of manners. Because of the imposition of northern-led policy on the South during the years of Reconstruction, hostility towards Yankees was high.



Mark Twain's
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMark Twain's "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" typified popular imaginings of the Yankee - Credit: Chordboard