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Thread #54140   Message #837805
Posted By: GUEST,Q
30-Nov-02 - 02:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Dixie
Subject: RE: Origins: Dixie
Hays also must have had trouble making a living in his later years. His later songs were not published at the time. He re-wrote earlier successes, such as "The Little Old Cabin in the Lane," using the idea of the black man returning to the scene of his happy enslavement in several of the songs.
His steamboat songs are almost unknown now. "Down in de Co'n Fiel'" is particularly evocative.
Of course, his views would not have been accepted much outside of the South and the South was impoverished in the 1870s-1880s. Moreover, the rise of the Black (not blackface) minstrel troupes such as Bland's may have been a factor as well.

Can't locate a published biography of Hays at the booksellers.
The rather curious Sacks and Sacks, "Way Up North in Dixie, A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem," is available in paperback.