06 March 2014

Northern Elites Encouraged The "Lost Cause"

As Jack Temple Kirby points out in his book Media-Made Dixie: The South in the American Imagination, something called  “Dixie” emerged in U.S. popular culture the 1930s. Leading up to that period, the South was more often than not depicted as brutal and backward, but by 1939, the year of the release of Gone With the Wind (courtesy of a Jewish filmmaker from Pittsburgh) the nostalgic version of a glorious, fallen South became popular in everything from whiskey advertisements to the music of Tin Pan Alley. For the most part, it was not the creation of Southerners, but rather the purveyors of popular culture in the emergent media and advertising industries located in other parts of the country.
Source. No surprise. After Northern elites enriched themselves on slave-picked cotton and tariffs, it then idealized the South and turned it into their playground, all the while proclaming their moral superiority.

1 comment:

13thBama said...

Interesting. From wikipedia:

"Most sources credit Ohio-born Daniel Decatur Emmett with the song's composition; however many other people have claimed to have composed "Dixie", even during Emmett's lifetime. Compounding the problem of definitively establishing the song's authorship are Emmett's own confused accounts of its writing, and his tardiness in registering the song's copyright. The latest challenge has come on behalf of the Snowden Family of Knox County, Ohio, who may have collaborated with Emmett to write "Dixie"."

and even the "Bonny Blue Flag" is somewhat tainted:

"In 1861 he wrote the song "The Bonnie Blue Flag," about the unofficial first Confederate flag, using the tune from "The Irish Jaunting Car." The song was extremely popular, rivaling "Dixie" as a Confederate anthem. The song lost some of its popularity when, late in the war, McCarthy left the South for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."