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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Heard a piece on BBC the other day about the origins of the song Dixie as a minstrel show piece by northerners, before it quickly swept the South and became an unofficial national anthem for the armed insurrection that tried to destroy the United States of America.

Following up, it oddly seems to have been a favorite of Abraham Lincoln, and he had it played on the occasion of Robert E Lee's surrender at Appomattox, which largely ended the military portion of the traitorous rebellion.

But of course, the song outlived that particular treachery, and remains a favorite in the South, despite it's origins as a satirical critique of slavery, despite long standing criticism of how it was adopted as a symbol first of the Confederacy, and then by those in the Jim Crow South pinning for the Lost Cause.


All that said, I do wish I was down below the Mason Dixon line right now, down in Atlanta to be specific, with friends enjoying music and rocking out. Alas.
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