Slavery
and the Making of America
Time and
Place Slave
Memories Resources The Slave Experience

The
Slave Experience: Education, Arts, & Culture
Intro Historical Overview Character
Spotlight Music in Slave Life Personal Narratives Original Docs
The Sounds of Slavery Education, Arts, & Culture
Religious Songs return to
introduction
Meet Me in Jerusalem


Where the blood washed on a crucified -
I'll meet my mother - well, some place in -
photo of a harmonica Photo of common objects (axe, washboard, sticks, pots, etc.)
Featured Instruments
Harmonica
The harmonica, also known as the "French Harp," was especially popular during the Civil War, when it became a favorite instrument of soldiers due to its size and mobility. The low cost of the harmonica, about ten cents in 1850, made it accessible to those with limited means.
Common Objects (axe, washboard, sticks, pots, etc.)
Everyday objects made cheap readily available instruments. Washboards, axes, broomsticks and other items were used to create rhythms with a range of tonal varities.
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