The word antebellum is often paired with that era and references a period in the history of the USA in the late 18th century until the start of the American Civil War in 1861.
During the antebellum period, the wealth of the South grew largely due to the slave trade, which had significant political influence on the government.
During this time, the rise of the anti-slavery movement and abolitionists caused civil unrest in the country, with the South being greatly in favour of slavery due to the way in which it helped grow their economy.
The band, now known as Lady A, however, spoke of how they chose this word for their bandname after doing a photo shoot in historical costumes at antebellum houses, which spoke of a particular time in history which many would wish to forget.
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