Southern Hospitality in the Hands of Transplanted Yankees

This little story from Maggie Rioux of Falmouth appeared this morning in The Boston Globe. It’s innocent enough.

Last May, my husband and I were on a bus tour of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the tour guide still seemed to be fighting the Civil War (at least for professional purposes). She kept referring to us as Yankees. After awhile, I’d had enough and piped up: “That’s a major insult. We’re not Yankees. We’re from the Boston area. We’re Red Sox people.” We didn’t hear another word about Yankees all morning.

I remember a similar experience a few years ago while on a tour in the historic section of Charleston, South Carolina. The guide continually referred to us as “Yankees” and even once as “invaders.” At the end of the tour I asked if he was native to the city/region. Turns out he was born in Pennsylvania and had been living in the city for around twenty years.

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4 comments… add one
  • Marian Latimer Feb 16, 2014 @ 20:47

    I love this. LOVE IT. I’m going to steal it, after a fashion. The next time I’m called a filthy Yankee (despite being the daughter of a man from TN with the distant relationship to that man that made the late Shelby Foote swoon) I’m going to happily point out that I’m a Wolverine. Go Blue!!!

  • Lyle Smith Feb 16, 2014 @ 8:32

    Pretty funny.

  • Bryce Hartranft Feb 16, 2014 @ 6:49

    John C. Pemberton, commander of the Confederate defenses of Vicksburg, was a transplanted Yankee. I’m sure his southern wife had something to do with that.

    • Kevin Levin Feb 16, 2014 @ 14:40

      Thanks for the reminder.

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