"Dixie" is a popular American song. It is one of the most
distinctively American musical products of the 19th century, and
probably the best-known song to have come out of blackface minstrelsy.
Although not a folk song at its creation, "Dixie" has since entered
the American folk vernacular and probably cemented the word "Dixie" in
the American vocabulary as a synonym for the Southern United States.
Most sources credit Daniel Decatur Emmett with the song's composition,
although even during Emmett's lifetime, many other people have claimed
to have composed "Dixie". The song originated in the blackface
minstrel show of the 1850s and quickly grew famous across the United
States. Its lyrics, written in a racist, exaggerated version of
African American English Vernacular, tell the story of a freed black
slave pining for the plantation of his birth. During the American
Civil War, "Dixie" was adopted as an anthem of the Confederacy. Since
the advent of the American Civil Rights Movement, many have identified
the lyrics of the song with the iconography and ideology of the Old
South. Today, "Dixie" is often considered offensive, and the act of
singing it to be sympathetic to the concept of slavery in the American
South. Its supporters, on the other hand, view it as a legitimate
aspect of Southern culture and heritage.
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