1776: Gus Kotka, Johnny Reb and the Dandies of Harlem Heights ~ New WCHU on the Bryan William Brickner Blog
Chicago 9/16/2014 10:00 AM GMT (WooEB)
Doodle Dandy was sung in slur by British officers,” opened Bryan W. Brickner of
Ew Publishing, “that is, until the Spirit of ’76 started singing.”
honor of the rebel Yankee Doodle Dandy and the Spirit of ’76, the Ew Publishing
summer series War Cry Heal Union (WCHU) addresses American sacrifice and the
revolutionaries via the New York Battle of Harlem Heights, 16 September 1776.
on the Bryan William Brickner Blog, the ninth installment of the WCHU series, 1776: Gus Kotka, Johnny Reb and the Dandies of Harlem Heights, examines revolutionaries in rebellion (and battle).
In a “spirited” dialogue between two Civil War soldiers, Augustus (Gus) Kotka
and the composite character Johnny Reb, the American tradition of rebellion
(Yankee Doodle Dandy) is honored through the deaths of two revolutionary
soldiers, Thomas Knowlton and Andrew Leitch.
Doodle Dandy began as a smear song – one mocking Americans,” noted Brickner;
“this was prior to the rebellion, during the 1750s, when the colonists were
supporting Britain’s war with the French monarchy: the so-called Seven Years’
“The Brits made fun of the colonial militias,” Brickner
continued. “When the colonies rebelled, the American’s took the song to heart
and made it their own.”
Knowlton of Connecticut and Andrew Leitch of Virginia,” followed Brickner,
“were original Yankee Doodle Dandy rebels, the kind of Americans that defined
(made) the Spirit of ‘76.”
“Today’s Unrepresented are 21st century Yankee
Doodle Dandies,” closed Brickner, “which means We the People have quite a bit
of heritage … to build on.”
17 September 2014, in celebration of US Constitution Day, Ew Publishing’s War
Cry Heal Union summer series finale: Gus Kotka, Johnny Reb and Somewhere (Antietam,
17 September 1862).
in October: Ew Publishing’s mini-series, Whiskey220: The Rebellion. The series
showcases a domestic insurrection 220 years ago via President George
Washington’s personal notes, to include a meeting with Virginia’s Governor
Henry Lee III. Whiskey220 begins Saturday, 11 October.
Brickner has a 1997 political
science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several political
theory books, to include: The Promise Keepers (1999), Article the first (2006),
and The Book of the Is (2013). The Bryan William Brickner Blog is an
ongoing resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological
science of receptors.
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