The song is also known as "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night", and was originally called "Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!" Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
was published in 1851, and it is possible this may have influenced or even inspired Foster.
Adopted as the Official State Song on March 19, 1928, it fell victim to political correctness in 1986, although unlike "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
," it suffered only a minor change in its lyrics - the word "darkies" was altered to "people."