By Scott Gac
Through live shows, writings, sheet tune guides, and books of lyrics, the Hutchinson relatives Singers tested a brand new area for civic motion, a spot on the intersection of tradition, reform, faith, and politics. The ebook records the Hutchinsons’ impression on abolition and different reform initiatives and provides an unique belief of the emerging value of pop culture in antebellum America.
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Extra resources for Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth-Century Culture of Reform
Asa Hutchinson dies following a sudden illness. —10 September 1892. John Hutchinson and Abby Hutchinson Patton sing at the funeral of John Greenleaf Whittier. —24 November 1892. Sixty-three-year-old Abby Hutchinson Patton dies from a stroke. —26 April 1893. The Danvers Historical Society hosts an Anti-Slavery Commemorative Meeting. —20 February 1895. Frederick Douglass, seventy-eight years old, dies. —1896. The Hutchinson family epic written by John Hutchinson, Story of the Hutchinson Family, is finally published.
28 May 1901. John Hutchinson sings and plays violin as a part of commencement ceremonies for the predominantly African-American student body of Howard University. Exposition:The Civil War and the Postbellum Problem of Antislavery In 1890 only John and Abby remained. The two had survived their siblings and many of their reform-minded friends. At sixty-nine and sixty-one years old, John and Abby continued to sing and otherwise 22 Part First advocate for a variety of reforms, especially civil rights, temperance, and women’s rights.
Parker Pillsbury, Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles, 1884 Who can measure the influence of their songs of freedom upon the unformed opinions of the youth of the day? —Frank Carpenter on the Hutchinson Family Singers in Peterson Magazine, 1896 Part First 25 Danvers, Massachusetts, 1893 The air temperature lingered near forty-four degrees, normal for an April day in the Bay State. Soon after disembarking in Danvers, the many out-of-towners welcomed one another and then rushed to reception lunches.