Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Slave Auction Writings & The Dixie Controversy

Dixie Song in Context

The song “Dixie” is a well-known and well-loved song in the South, however it has stirred much controversy as its origins are undoubtedly racist, and the song itself is a remnant of the Confederacy and Lost Cause Ideology. The song became popular through minstrel shows, which were performances made in blackface, and dialect in order to demean and dehumanize African Americans for entertainment. Although the song was created and spread throughout the North, it became the de facto anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War. There are several versions of the song, one of those versions relating more to the pride of the Confederacy.

Slave Auction Writings & The Dixie Controversy