Way Up North in Dixie

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

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Who really wrote "Way Up North in Dixie" ? Dan Emmett a white musician or the Snowdens, an African American family of musicians and performers?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153.4 x 232.2 x 21.6mm | 426.38g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Illinois Pbk.
  • 0252071603
  • 9780252071607

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"An intriguing and textured portrait of a black family in the nineteenth-century North... Arguing that those who have searched for black influences on minstrelsy have exclusively and mistakenly focused on the South, the authors seek to demonstrate the closely intertwined traditions of black and white music above the Mason-Dixon line... Not only has blackface minstrelsy exerted 'a pervasive impact on American music' ... it has also served as both symbol and metaphoric expression of the complexities of American racial identity." -- Drew Gilpin Faust The New York Times "A haunting and heroic story, which the Sackses tell eloquently... Way Up North in Dixie is the fullest, most finely detailed account I know of the musical life of a nineteenth-century African American family anywhere in the United States." -- Ken Emerson, The Nationshow more

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