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Old 11-25-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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I am definitely a yankee.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Columbus/East Alabama.
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Truth be told I've probably heard that word maybe 3 times in my whole life with the exception of this forum. No one down here really says that anymore unless their trying to be funny or get on someone's nerves. Now Alabama might be a different story but for the most part that words very seldom used. To clarify though anyone from anywhere north of the South Midwest included hate to break that to some of y'all are considered Yankees too. But like I said that word is dying I always disliked that word anyway even I've been called a Yankee because I don't have a traditional southern accent go figure.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I always disliked that word anyway even I've been called a Yankee because I don't have a traditional southern accent go figure.
I used to have a transportation job (based out of Houston, where I'm originally from) that took me all throughout the South and up the East coast as far as Boston, and get this... I got called "yankee" in certain Southern states for being from Texas! That's right, Texas. Weird, right? Apparently, to many Southerners who never stayed in school, Texas isn't the "true" South, and that somehow makes Texans "yankees", even though Texas was part of the confederacy. Granted this only happened a handful of times, and like yourself, I don't have a Southern accent... but the reason I was labeled "yankee" was made clear each time, and it was because I was from Texas. This happened in Mississippi, Georgia, and in North Carolina.

I don't consider the word "yankee" to be a dirty word or an insult. I just think it's a silly and stupid relic that has no relevance in the year 2014. Kind of like callng an English person a "redcoat", or a German person a "Kraut". I think it's really only still used mainly by the older generations. Baby-boomers and older. When I had that job where I got called "yankee", the years were 1990 and 91, and the people who called me that were a lot older than me. I seriously doubt I would hear that in those same places today.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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"Yankee" is still thrown around, at least here in North Carolina. It's not just the older generations. Cary, a transplant saturated suburban town built off the back of RTP, is jokingly known as the Concentrated Area for Relocated Yankees. I've never heard it used as an insult, though. It's always jokingly thrown around, because we do have a fair amount of transplanted northerners around Raleigh.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:59 PM
 
Location: California
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I've always got the impression that Californians are just considered pot smoking hippie liberals instead of Yankees. Is this true?
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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I've always got the impression that Californians are just considered pot smoking hippie liberals instead of Yankees. Is this true?
Haha, "Yankee" isn't a term for Californians. If anything, it's people from the former Union states during the war, especially the Northeast (New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, etc.).
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:30 PM
 
Location: California
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Haha, "Yankee" isn't a term for Californians. If anything, it's people from the former Union states during the war, especially the Northeast (New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, etc.).
Well the thing is that California was a union state during the civil war. We were just isolated so we didn't do anything. But yeah I have my answer now
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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Well the thing is that California was a union state during the civil war. We were just isolated so we didn't do anything. But yeah I have my answer now
That's true haha, that's the reason why. Everyone always forgets Cali being a Union state during the war, but I've heard Cali was mainly settled by southerners. Do you know if this is true?
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: California
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That's true haha, that's the reason why. Everyone always forgets Cali being a Union state during the war, but I've heard Cali was mainly settled by southerners. Do you know if this is true?
Well I'm no expert, but I highly doubt it was mainly settled by southerners considering the extremely strong anti-slavery sentiment that it had.

Take a look at this for example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archy_Lee
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Well I'm no expert, but I highly doubt it was mainly settled by southerners considering the extremely strong anti-slavery sentiment that it had.
Believe it or not, there were many White Southerners during the civil war era who were strongly opposed to slavery. Many of those Southerners moved out West during both the Gold Rush era and during the war. Later on, in the 30's, many Southerners from Oklahoma and Texas migrated to Central CA. Hence, "Okies".
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