Dixie used to be the nickname for New Orleans by the river workers. When they got to New Orleans, they would be paid, in "Dix" and they could drink, get laid, and have fun.
So they would sing a version of the song Dixie that was then rewritten and bastardize to be used to describe the entire south during the turbelent years leading up to the war.
ETA: New Orleans was the most progressive city in the American Continent when it came to race. The color of your skin mattered very little. It was how much money and power you held that was important. And anyone of any color could become rich and powerful.
Then reconstruction happened and the Northern Occupiers stripped the colored citizens of their power. Free Blacks with tons of money and land had both stolen from them. Mixed lost their social status. A shame, really, that the culture of New Orleans was destroyed by outsiders.
This post was edited on 1/27 at 10:21 am