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Yankee Doodle HubNuggets

Updated on April 5, 2018
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This week, some of us celebrated Canada Day on July 1, and even more of us celebrated American Independence Day on July 4. This week, in their own celebration, the cable and satellite networks have played such films as Independence Day, The Alamo, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Last Boy Scout back-to-back, almost non-stop.

The films don't all zero in on the Independence Day theme, but all of them feature larger-than-life, All-American heroes, as only American films can portray them. Perhaps America needs heroes right now, with its current economic woes, but regardless of the current political climate, summer is a banner season for block-buster, action-packed movies - a cinematic battleground where American heroes can flex their muscles and save the world for us once again.

Title by RedElf from photo by U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Rusty Black [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Two 'All-American' Classics

George M. Cohan: songwriter, patriot

"I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy,
A Yankee Doodle, do or die;
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam,
Born on the Fourth of July"

With these words, so familiar to us all, George M. Cohan proudly declared his regard for his country way back in 1904. His patriotic ode, also known as "The Yankee Doodle Boy," was written for the Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones."

The play, which opened at the Liberty Theater, was based on the life of real-life jockey Tod Sloan, and chronicled the trials and tribulations of a (fictional) All-American jockey Johnny Jones, who rides a horse named Yankee Doodle in the English Derby.

Made even more widely popular to the generation facing WWII, probably the best known version of Cohan's song appears in his film biography, ably voiced by the equally patriotic James Cagney.

More George Cohan music

Typical of George Cohan's writing, this song incorporates snippets of several popular traditional American songs into its lyrics. Here are the verses of Cohan's playful yet patriotic paean, "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Boy"

I'm the kid that's all the candy
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
I'm glad I am
(So's Uncle Sam)
I'm a real live Yankee Doodle
Made my name and fame and boodle,
Just like Mister Doodle did, by riding on a pony;
I love to listen to the Dixie strain,
"I long to see the girl I left behind me"
And that ain't a josh,
She's a Yankee, by gosh;
(Oh, say can you see
Anything about a Yankee that's a phoney?)


Father's name was Hezikiah
Mother's name was Ann Maria
Yanks through and through
(Red, white and blue)
Father was so Yankee hearted
When the Spanish War was started
He slipped upon his uniform and hopped up on a pony
My mother's mother was a Yankee true
My father's father was a Yankee too
And that's going some
For the Yankees, by gum
(Oh, say can you see
Anything about my pedigree that's phoney


George Cohan penned many flag-wavers during his career. He was an unabashed patriot, proud to be an American, and proud to write about his beloved country.

George Michael Cohan (pronounced Ko-han); July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942

Born in Providence, Rhode Island to Irish Catholic parents, Cohan and his family always insisted that Geaorge had been born on the fourth of July. George M. Cohan, a major American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer, is credited with being the father of the modern, American musical.

Though our HubNuggets nominees are not yet as well-known in the fields of their endeavors as Mr. Cohan was in his, they have been selected by the team this week as up-and-coming HP writers and well worthy of notice. We had a lot of fun selecting them for you this week, and we hope you enjoy reading and voting for your favorites. Perhaps you will find some writers whose work you wish to follow... perhaps you might find a genuine HP hero among them. Happy Independence Day!

Which one of this week's Games, Toys, and Hobbies nominees is your favorite?

  • 10% Orks in 6th Edition Warhammer 40k
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  • 18% Fun Summer Activities That Cost Little to No Money
  • 13% Pen and Paper: Character Creation
  • 13% Super Smash TV, I'd Buy That for a Dollar!
  • 33% The Greatest Video Game Designers of All-Time
40 people have voted in this poll.

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Which one of this week's Family and Parenting nominees is your favorite?

  • 17% Sleep training your baby
  • 27% Epidural? Or No Epidural? Is That Even a Question?
  • 15% Parenting Tips: Don't fight with your teenagers
  • 19% Five Simple Ways To Ignite Your Child's Creativity and Imagination
  • 6% Family Research and Documenting Your Sources
  • 15% Love Letters from a Grandmother
52 people have voted in this poll.

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Which one of this week's Business and Employment nominees is your favorite?

  • 16% Why I Hate Shopping at Wal-Mart
  • 6% 7 essential tips how to succeed at a job interview
  • 59% Advertisements Under Constraints
  • 13% Enhancing Careers Through Customer Service Training
  • 5% Should You Sell Your Books On Amazon Or Ebay?
  • 1% Computer talk, explaining computer terms!
99 people have voted in this poll.

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What's a HubNugget?

HubNuggets were a way for hubbers to support and celebrate new-to-us writers through the weekly HubNuggets contest:

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invite the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners were featured in our newsletter.

The HubNuggets Team: SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Congrats to all the nominees, and to the winners!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Enelle - another great batch of nominees!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      So glad you stop back to support our newer writers! Always lovely to see you!

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      whowas 5 years ago

      Hi RedElf,

      That was interesting and fun to read as ever. As a twice nominated and twice winning hub nugget hubster I like to pick up on these and cast my vote.

      There's some really interesting stuff here, although I shall have to consult with my son about the Warhammer one as that is definitely his area of expertise.

      Now, to read and make some tough decisions...

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Patty, glad to help! Always on the look-out for good clips.

      Kalli, thanks so much for stopping by to support our newer writers! Always nice to see you!

      superpipoy, glad you found the article useful.

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      superpipoy 5 years ago

      This is very helpful information. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      A wonderful I'm off to read and vote!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I'm going to look at that clip! A great tip you gave me.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, everyone for stopping by to support our new(er) writers.

      Suelynn! It's a great song and perfect for the day!

      billybuc, I love Cohan's songs, too, and the work is all my pleasure.

      Yes, Gals, Cohan wrote some amazing stuff.

      Maita, always a pleasure when you stop by.

      Pam and ripplemaker, glad you enjoyed the songs as much as I did.

      Patty, that dance duet is a delight, and there's a wonderful clip on YouTube of Cagney's brilliant, impromptu dance down the stairs. Thanks so much!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      It is delightful to see the clip of Hope and Cagney as Foy and Cohan. I've seen them individually as those characters, but never together. Much fun and Cagney is my favorite dancer. A grand Hub it is!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'm listening to the mash up of yankee doodle as I read and vote...hehehe having fun! Congrats to all the, vote, vote! Have a merry time with the Hubnuggets!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Yep, I shoulda said.... I cast my votes too. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      The patriotic theme was certainly fitting and I enjoyed the hub. Congrats to all the HubNuggets and my votes are cast.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      Good job, I like to read lots of them, very useful! Congrats HubNuggets nominees. Good presentation and selection as usual! :)


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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great vackground on George M. Cohan. I had no idea he was such a patriotic kind of guy.

      Terrific nominees. It was hard choosing but I managed. Good luck to all.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great hub; love the Cohan touch! Excellent choice of nominees, some of whom I have already read. Thank you for the work you do!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      RedElf: Great job with this me singing along and enjoying the patriotism. Excellent choices and categories - I just wish I had more time. Lovely reads here!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Simone, Cohan was a top-notch flag waver, so I had to write about him for the fourth of July! Thanks for all your help!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      These are our top picks in the featured categories this week - hope you enjoyed them, ChristyWrites!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What cool background on George Michael Cohan! This was a fun read- and the nominees this week are excellent, too! I've cast my vote, and am quite looking forward to this coming Wednesday when we discover the winners.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      An interesting combination of hubs we publish!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Enelle! Ya just gotta wave that flag some days! Thanks for stopping by to support our newer writers!

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      Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      What a great (and patriotic) hub - perfect for July 1st and 4th celebrations! Read voted up, shared and voted :D

      Congratulations to all the nominees - get out there and vote for your favorites :D