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Scene Two, the 1840s: Music and Antislavery, the Hutchinson Family Singers as Public Abolitionists

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on the music and antislavery during 1840 and the Hutchinson Family Singers as public abolitionists. In most of northern New England, slavery had never developed deep roots in the ... More


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

Scott Gac

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book outlines the interwoven story of music, careerism, reform, the transformation of American culture, and one of the greatest musical acts in American history. Following the Hutchinson Family ... More


Development, Scene One, 1893: the Legacy of the Hutchinson Family Singers and of Antislavery Reform

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explains the stages of the legacy of the Hutchinson Family Singers and of antislavery reform. The Danvers Historical Society had brought everyone together for an Antislavery ... More


Second Variation: Hutchinson Family Singers Fans and the Weight of Sympathy

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the fans of the Hutchinson Family Singers, country dwellers singing of family ties along with their religious and reform ideals, played to rural listeners who would adore the ... More


Coda to First Section: Music (Music Publishing and the Hutchinsons' 1843 Hits)

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter outlines how, through antislavery performances in Milford, Boston, and New York, the Hutchinson Family Singers' had turned into one of the most fashionable musical acts of the year. ... More


Theme: Leisure and Politics in 1844

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how the constant negotiation of personal and work boundaries was one of the costs of fame for the Hutchinson Family Singers, who, like many gifted entertainers, shared a ... More


First Variation: The Hutchinsons' Commercial Success and Legacy

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explains the Hutchinson Family Singers' commercial success and legacy. The group's commercial effort successfully saturated cultural markets in the nineteenth-century North, especially ... More


Recapitulation, Closing: The End of the Hutchinson Family Singers

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0020
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter outlines how while they were to remain reformers in thought and in action, members of the Hutchinson Family Singers began to squander a most powerful asset—their voice as a ... More


First Variation: Money for Nothing? the Hutchinson Family Singers as Communitarians

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter outlines how making money was not a problem for the Hutchinson Family Singers three years into a career that had started in 1841. If burying the money in New Hampshire did nothing to ... More


Opening Theme: The Hutchinson Family Singers as Reformers

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents the Hutchinson Family Singers' story, which details a vibrant cultural space created by waves of reform pulsating through the United States in the first half of the nineteenth ... More


The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University

Sandra Jean Graham

in Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041631
eISBN:
9780252050305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041631.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter recounts the history of the founding of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1866 by the American Missionary Association and a trio of its agents: Erastus Milo (E. M.) Cravath, ... More


Singing Abolition

J. R. Oldfield

in The Ties that Bind: Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1866

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622003
eISBN:
9781800341708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622003.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This Chapter deals with a hitherto neglected aspect of anti-slavery opinion building, namely the role of anti-slavery songs. Hundreds of these songs – really abolitionist poems set to popular ... More


Meet the Hutchinsons

Brian Roberts

in Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226451503
eISBN:
9780226451787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451787.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes the background and early career of the Hutchinson family singers. They struggled to become popular to no avail until they aligned themselves with reform and began singing ... More


Culture Wars

Brian Roberts

in Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226451503
eISBN:
9780226451787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451787.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter argues that the Hutchinson Family in the 1840s and 1850s, with their ardently abolitionist stance, were both controversial and at the center of American popular culture. They also found ... More


Second Section: The Hutchinson Children and Some Initial Musical Influences

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on the initial musical influences on the Hutchinson children. Andrew and Zephaniah initially showed some vocal talent, but limited family means and a mandate to work quickly ... More


Exposition: American Antislavery Abroad, Racially Mixed Audiences at Home

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explains how, eager to test their talents abroad, the Hutchinson Family Singers quit the personal comfort and professional security of the United States to tour England and Ireland in ... More


Recapitulation, Opening: Abby's Retirement, 1849

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0019
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how although members of the Hutchinson Family Singers proved strong advocates for women's rights in the upcoming years, they lived the reality that married men were free to ... More


Coda to Part First: John and Fred, the 1893 Danvers Meeting, the 1893 World Expo, and the Trajectory of Black and White Antebellum Reform

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0021
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on John Hutchinson's friendship with Frederick Douglass, which continued strong until the black leader's death in 1895. John and his Danvers colleagues were living in a world ... More


Exposition: The Civil War and the Postbellum Problem of Antislavery

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explains the emancipation of nearly four million slaves, finalized by the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 in the lives of reformers, including the Hutchinson Family Singers. It was one of ... More


Development: Antiwar Culture and Political Antislavery, 1845–1848

Scott Gac

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

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111989
eISBN:
9780300138368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111989.003.0018
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on how, although the antislavery movement made great strides after the Hutchinson Family Singers went to Europe, the infighting between political abolitionists and moral ... More


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