Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem

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University of Illinois Press, 2003 - Music - 259 pages
This book traces the lives of the Snowdens, an African American family of musicians and farmers living in rural Knox County, Ohio. Howard L. Sacks and Judith Rose Sacks examine the Snowdens' musical and social exchanges with rural whites from the 1850s through the early 1920s and provide a detailed exploration of the claim that the Snowden family taught the song "Dixie" to Dan Emmett--the white musician and blackface minstrel credited with writing the song. This edition features a new introduction in which the authors discuss the public response to this controversial claim, and present new information on the Snowdens' musical and social experiences.

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Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem

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Howard Sacks (sociology, Kenyon Coll.) and Judith Rose Sacks, an independent researcher, have written a study much broader than its title indicates. To be sure, they argue that Dan Emmett, a blackface ... Read full review


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The Snowden Family Are Coming
Am Sitting Sad and Lonely
Ohios Not the Place for Me
Wish I Was in Dixie
A Clinton Quadrille
A Sampler of the Snowden Family Band

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Howard L. Sacks is senior advisor to the president, professor of sociology, and director of the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Judith Rose Sacks is an affiliated scholar in American studies at Kenyon College.

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