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Published by:
Irving Caesar Music, Inc., American, 1930s - 1970s  Search this
Created by:
Irving Caesar, American, 1895 - 1996  Search this
Sammy Lerner, Romanian American, 1903 - 1989  Search this
Gerald Marks, American, 1900 - 1997  Search this
Jean Herbert, born 1905  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 12 3/8 × 9 3/16 in. (31.4 × 23.3 cm)
sheet music
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Sheet music for “Is It True What They Say About Dixie?” The cover has a black background with white printed text. The title [Is It True / What They Say About / Dixie / ?] is at the top of the front cover. There is a drawing of a man in a black suit, white gloves, and blackface standing in the center of the cover with his arms outstretched. The bottom right corner has the composers [IRVING CAESAR / SAMMY LERNER / GERALD MARKS]. There are three (3) pages, printed on both sides. The back of the front cover has [Try this over on your Piano / The Rooster’s Crowin’] by Irving Caesar, Jean Herbert, and Gerald Marks. “Is It True What They Say About Dixie?” begins on the loose middle page and continues onto the interior back page. The back cover has an excerpt of [Dust Off That Old Pianna [sic]] inside a decorative border. There is chipping and loss around the edges of all the pages.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Blackface  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Minstrel (Music)  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Stokes/Washington Family
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Irving Caesar
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National Museum of African American History and Culture