Daniel Decatur Emmett (29 October 1815 – 28 June 1904 / Mount Vernon / Ohio)
Daniel Decatur "Dan" Emmett was a US-American songwriter and entertainer, founder of the first troupe of the blackface minstrel tradition.
Of Irish ancestry, Dan Emmett was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, then a frontier region. Growing up with little formal education, he learned popular tunes from his musical mother, and taught himself to play the fiddle. At age 13, he became an apprentice printer and enlisted in the United States Army. He became an expert fifer and drummer at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and published his own Fifer’s and Drummer’s Guide in 1862 in cooperation with George G. Bruce. After receiving his discharge from the army on July 8, ... more »
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I wish I was in de land ob cotton,Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904), U.S. Dixie (l. 1-5). . . Family Album of Favorite Poems, The. P. Edward Ernest, ed. (1959) Grosset & Dunlap.
Old times dar am not forgotten,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
In Dixie Land whar I was born in
Early on one frosty mornin'...
''To lib and die in Dixie!Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904), U.S. Dixie (l. 9-10). . . Family Album of Favorite Poems, The. P. Edward Ernest, ed. (1959) Grosset & Dunlap.
Away, away, away down South in Dixie!''