", She added: "By the time Dixie made it into minstrel shows, it was clearly understood to be more than just a place name. “Song of the South” is a song written by Bob McDill. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. But once the term was used in a minstrel song, its correlation with racist ideologies became crystal clear, according to Ingram. As America once again reckons with racial injustice, it's also reexamining this weighty word. The line was drawn in 1767 to resolve a border dispute between the colonies but later became the informal border separating the South and North. Ingram is referring to "Dixie," a minstrel song composed by Daniel Decatur Emmett in 1859. "By that point it was clearly in popular culture associated with the South and recognized as a racialized term.". George Floyd's death has reignited protests and a national conversation about race, police brutality and social injustice. Some historians believed the term was adopted to describe Louisiana and then later became the geographical nickname for the South. Streets still carry the name, as do restaurants and grocery stores. Some believe Dixie derives from the Mason-Dixon line, between Maryland and Pennsylvania. "People's instincts about this being a problematic term is definitely correct. "It makes perfect sense that now against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter protests and the toppling of memorials and statues that people are being reminded of the troubling history of the term and that it's something we just can't be using casually anymore," she said. There are countless songs about it. Dixie Brewery, the oldest brewery in New Orleans, is changing its name to a new brand that "best represents [their] culture and community.". "There's no mystery around all this,"she said. "Cotton on the roadside, cotton in the ditch. But by the mid-19th century it was a minstrel song," Ingram said. The song references President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in the line, "The cotton was short and the weeds was tall, but Mr. Roosevelt's gonna save us all." It was once a catchall word for the South. First recorded by American country music artist Bobby Bare on his 1980 album Drunk & Crazy, a version by Johnny Russell reached number 57 on the U.S. Historians disagree about its origins. A lot of people use the term without understanding the racialized origins of the term," Ingram said. "The other story is a 19th century story about the $10 notes in Louisiana. The father of the family is a Southern Democrat; "Daddy was a veteran, a Southern Democrat. "Song, Song of the South" refers to the idyllic country way of life in the south before the War between the states. It's correlated with something a lot darker than just history. "When the Dixie Chicks decided to name their band the Dixie Chicks, I don't think they were trying to come up with an offensive name. The song tells the story of a poor Southern cotton farm-family during the Great Depression. "By that point it was clearly in popular culture associated with the South and recognized as a racialized term." We all picked the cotton but we never got rich." "We don't actually quite know when the term started or where it was derived from. But Dixie has also been a problematic label, carrying with it the ugly remnants of slavery and the exploitation of Black people. And earlier this year, Miami-Dade County commissioners in Florida voted to rename portions of The Dixie Highway -- it runs 5,786 miles through 10 states from Michigan to Miami -- to Harriet Tubman Highway. On the back side it said 'dix,' which means 10 in French," said Tammy Ingram, author of "Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930". Minstrel shows of the mid-19th century featured White performers in blackface putting on tattered clothing and exaggerating their features to look stereotypically Black. "Most historians would agree that Dixie is a word people understand as obviously a reference not just to a place, but a certain kind of ideology," said Ingram, a history professor at College of Charleston in South Carolina. Dixie was considered the land south of the Mason-Dixon line, where slavery was legal. Along with calls to defund the police, and protesters tearing down statues of men who once championed or traded in slavery, music bands and companies are rebranding and dropping racial terms from their names. "Gone, gone with the Wind" refers to what happened after the South was invaded. "Well, somebody told us Wall Street fell, but we was so poor that we couldn't tell." They ough… Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, University of Utah settles with family of murdered student Lauren McCluskey and renames its violence prevention center in her honor, Workers who lost jobs because of COVID-19 find new careers in these fields, How the term 'Dixie' came to define the South. This week the country trio the Dixie Chicks said it has changed its name to The Chicks. The word Dixie takes on a different meaning for different people. 'Dixie' was the antebellum South, and the lyrics evoke a very nostalgic and romanticized view of slavery.". Billboard country chart in 1981. But by the mid-19th century it was a minstrel song," Ingram said. The South was raped, pillaged and burned during the war and many innocent civilians lost there lives were lost to the invading army. The tune became the Confederate Army's most popular marching song and the unofficial national anthem of the Confederacy, according to Ingram. Most commonly, it's associated with the old South and Confederate states. Before the Civil War, Citizens' Bank of New Orleans issued the notes, which became known as "Dixies.". The performances were intended to be funny to Whites, but they were demeaning and hurtful to the Black community. Dixie may have come to define an aspect of life in the South, but exactly how it achieved that is up for debate.