An enslaved person crafted the mandolin shown here. Music, songs, and dances based on African traditions were a vibrant component of daily life. But because drums had been used to signal a slave rebellion in 1739, owners sometimes saw instruments as a form of resistance and prevented their use.



  • Title: Handmade mandolin
  • Date Created: ca. 1800s
  • Subject Keywords: slavery, instrument, antebellum
  • Original Source: The National Civil War Museum
  • Rights: On loan from The National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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