Punch,  35 (1858), 72.

The Anglo-Saxon Twins: Connected by the Atlantic Telegraph



Song, Drollery


Telegraphy, Technology, Engineering, Internationalism, Commerce, Political Economy, War, Religious Authority, Cultural Geography, Progress, Publishing

Institutions mentioned:

Atlantic Telegraph Company

    An adaptation of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy', this song celebrates the connection between Britain and America by the Atlantic telegraph cable. Notes that the 'mighty job' was accomplished 'In spite of wind and weather' and has produced a cable from which 'the cause of Freedom gains'. Affirms that 'In firm amalgamation' with 'brother Jonathan [...] we Anglo-Saxons can [...] whip creation' and better fight 'the Soldier and the Priest'. Adds that by combining forces, the nations can 'preserve from fetters. / A no small some [sic] of human mind, / In science and letters'. Expects the advancement of a 'Free Press' in both countries and that the cable will quickly resolve 'broken peace' and enable trade in 'corn and cotton'. Concludes by reiterating the power of the telegraph to make Britain and America 'Siamese Twins' and to 'Drive all tyrants frantic'.

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