Audio Recordings Bellamena
About this Item
- Contributor Names
- Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
- Cook, Robert Harrison (Collector)
- Unidentified performer (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Key West, Florida
- Subject Headings
- - Bahamian Americans
- - Bahamian Americans--Music
- - African Americans
- - Songs
- - United States -- Florida -- Monroe County -- Key West
- - Bahamian
- - Bahamian fish peddler
- - Greek American man
- - A Bahamian folksong, commemorating the role of Caribbean vessels in "rum-running," or transporting alcohol, to the United States during Prohibition (1919-1933). The 18th amendment to the Constitution, known as the Volstead Act, or Prohibition Act, had outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States. Enterprising "rum-runners" transported alcohol manufactured from islands in the Caribbean to the U.S., repainting their boats between trips to avoid suspicion by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- - Performer referred to elsewhere as unidentified Bahamian
- - Performance Note: "Bellamena" (vocals with accordion) performed by an unidentified Bahamian at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940.
- Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1939/013: AFS 03385 B02
- Source Collection
- Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook WPA Florida Recordings (AFC 1939/013)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Chicago citation style:
Kennedy, Stetson, Robert Harrison Cook, and Unidentified Performer. Bellamena. Key West, Florida, 1940. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000109/. (Accessed July 23, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Kennedy, S., Cook, R. H. & Unidentified Performer. (1940) Bellamena. Key West, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000109/.
MLA citation style:
Kennedy, Stetson, Robert Harrison Cook, and Unidentified Performer. Bellamena. Key West, Florida, 1940. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000109/>.