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Thread #60936 Message #976595
Posted By: Brían
04-Jul-03 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: Why is 'Dixie' considered racist?
Subject: RE: Why is 'Dixie' considered racist?
I got this from the liner notes of Far From the Shamrock Shore by Mick Maloney:
"This song was written by Dan Emmet(1815-1904)one of the most famous Irish American performers in minstrelsy. It was written on a rainy day in New York city in 1859, probably adapted from African American antecedents. It was originally designed to be a minstrel walk-around closing the show, but he watched, astonished as it became the anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War(which is why it inflames the emotions of so many people).