Abolitionists Pre-Civil War, (1845) Who were these guys? Both praised and vilified by the press and public-now forgotten footnotes to our American History.
America’s first group of social protest folk singers performed throughout the country for more than fifty years.
The original members of the Hutchinson Family Singers were thirteen of the sixteen children of Jesse and Mary Hutchinson of Milford, New Hampshire. The eleven sons and two daughters made their singing debut in the late 1830s and at first sang sentimental, patriotic tunes celebrating the virtues of rural life. In 1842, however, they began to associate closely with the abolitionists, and soon their repertory of songs championed such reformist causes as temperance, women’s rights, and above all, the abolition of slavery.
Hutchinson Family Singers, 1845
Unknown Artist, American School Daguerreotype
In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art