Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth-Century Culture of Reform

Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth-Century Culture of Reform

by Scott Gac
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300111983

ISBN-13: 9780300111989

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

In the two decades prior to the Civil War, the Hutchinson Family Singers of New Hampshire became America’s most popular musical act. Out of a Baptist revival upbringing, John, Asa, Judson, and Abby Hutchinson transformed themselves in the 1840s into national icons, taking up the reform issues of their age and singing out especially for temperance and

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Overview

In the two decades prior to the Civil War, the Hutchinson Family Singers of New Hampshire became America’s most popular musical act. Out of a Baptist revival upbringing, John, Asa, Judson, and Abby Hutchinson transformed themselves in the 1840s into national icons, taking up the reform issues of their age and singing out especially for temperance and antislavery reform. This engaging book is the first to tell the full story of the Hutchinsons, how they contributed to the transformation of American culture, and how they originated the marketable American protest song.
Through concerts, writings, sheet music publications, and books of lyrics, the Hutchinson Family Singers established a new space for civic action, a place at the intersection of culture, reform, religion, and politics. The book documents the Hutchinsons’ impact on abolition and other reform projects and offers an original conception of the rising importance of popular culture in antebellum America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300111989
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Prelude     1
Opening Theme: The Hutchinson Family Singers as Reformers     4
First Variation: The Hutchinsons' Commercial Success and Legacy     11
Part First     19
Exposition: The Civil War and the Postbellum Problem of Antislavery     21
Development, Scene One, 1893: The Legacy of the Hutchinson Family Singers and of Antislavery Reform     24
Scene Two, the 1840s: Music and Antislavery, the Hutchinson Family Singers as Public Abolitionists     48
Part Second     69
First Section: Origins of the Hutchinson Family, 1800-1830     70
Second Section: The Hutchinson Children and Some Initial Musical Influences     85
First Section (Modified): Milford, the Hutchinson Family, Religion, and Culture     95
Intermission (Bridge to Part Third)     104
Changes in a Northern Land: Religion, Politics, and Culture, 1820-1840     104
Manufactured Nature     116
Part Third     124
First Section: Music (the Hutchinsons' First Concert)     125
Second Section: A Music Career and the Hunt for an Identity, 1841     127
Coda to First Section: Music (Music Publishing and the Hutchinsons' 1843 Hits)     149
Part Fourth     165
Theme:Leisure and Politics in 1844     166
First Variation: Money for Nothing? The Hutchinson Family Singers as Communitarians     182
Second Variation: Hutchinson Family Singers Fans and the Weight of Sympathy     187
Finale     206
Exposition: American Antislavery Abroad, Racially Mixed Audiences at Home     208
Development: Antiwar Culture and Political Antislavery, 1845-1848     215
Recapitulation, Opening: Abby's Retirement, 1849     225
Recapitulation, Closing: The End of the Hutchinson Family Singers     231
Coda to Part First: John and Fred, the 1893 Danvers Meeting, the 1893 World Expo, and the Trajectory of Black and White Antebellum Reform     239
Lyrics to Select Hutchinson Family Singers Songs     249
Notes     257
Index     301

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