Emmett, Daniel

Emmett, Daniel (Decatur)

(1815–1904) composer; born in Mount Vernon, Ohio. A pioneering member of blackface comedy troops (1842–98), he composed songs for minstrel shows, including "Dixie," (1859) which became the Southern anthem.
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