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Connecting the dots of artistic inspiration: a musical family tree
“Yankee Doodle” was inspired by British troops in the 1750s who felt that American militiamen weren’t exactly in fighting shape during the French and Indian War. Twenty years later, though, the song became an inspiration. Colonial rebels sang “Yankee Doodle” to annoy British soldiers during the American Revolution, and children today still sing the song as a symbol of their patriotic pride.