'Dixie,' Present at the Creation It was the anthem of the Confederacy, but President Abraham Lincoln used it as gesture of reconciliation at the end of the Civil War. It's a symbol of racism and slavery to many African Americans, but it endures. On Morning Edition, NPR's Cynthia Johnston explores the origins of Dixiefor the Present at the Creation series.

'Dixie,' Present at the Creation

'Dixie,' Present at the Creation

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It was the anthem of the Confederacy, but President Abraham Lincoln used it as gesture of reconciliation at the end of the Civil War. It's a symbol of racism and slavery to many African Americans, but it endures. On Morning Edition, NPR's Cynthia Johnston explores the origins of Dixiefor the Present at the Creation series.

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