Ohio composer Daniel Emmett (1815–1904) wrote "Dixie's Land" as a "hooray" song for a minstrel show. He composed the song in New York City while thinking "I wish I was in Dixie."
"Dixie" took the South by storm after its southern debut in New Orleans in 1861 in the play Pocahontas.
Handwritten copy by Daniel Emmett.
Call number: Mss2 Em645 a 1