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STEVEN FOSTER

Steven Foster was perhaps the first American composer to support himself with his music. He wrote many songs for the minstrel shows that were popular at the time, especially the christy minstrels. Altogether, Steven Foster wrote over 200 songs including Oh Susannah, My Old Kentucky Home (the state song of Kentucky), Swanee River (the state song of Florida), Camptown Races, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, and Beautiful Dreamer.