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Heralds of Freedom:
The Hutchinson Family Singers
  -  By Alan Lewis


Wild Mountain Singing

Ch 1  Pt 1  1800-1841

Ch 1  Pt 2  1841-1842

With a Band of Music

Ch 2  Pt 1  1842-1843

Ch 2  Pt 2  1843

Roll It Along Through the Nation

Ch 3  Pt 1  1844

Ch 3  Pt 2  1843

A Life on the Ocean Wave

Ch 4  Pt 1  1845-1846

Ch 4  Pt 2  1846

A Sigh for the Mountains
(The Home Branch)

Ch 5  1845-1846

A Harp Played Upon by the Wind

Ch 6  1846

Old High Rock

Ch 7  Pt 1  1846

Ch 7  Pt 2  1846-1847

The Glorious Day Is Coming Near

Ch 8  Pt 1  1848

Ch 8  Pt 2  1848

Our Banner Is Unfurled

Ch 9  Pt 1  1848

Ch 9  Pt 2  1848-1849

Lights and Shadows

Ch 10  Pt 1  1849-1850

Ch 10  Pt 2  1850

Other Days As Bright
As Those Just Past

Ch 11  Pt 1  1850-1851

Ch 11  Pt 2  1851-1852

Ho! for California

Ch 12  Pt 1  1852

Ch 12  Pt 2  1852-1853

Take Off Your Coats, Boys,
and Roll Up Your Sleeves

Ch 13  Pt 1  1853-1854

Ch 13  Pt 2  1855-1857

The Tribe of Asa

Ch 14  Pt 1  1857-1859

Ch 14  Pt 2  1859-1861

Kingdom Coming

Ch 15  Pt 1  1861-1863

Ch 15  Pt 2  1863-1865

Of Thee I Sing

Ch 16  Pt 1  1865-1868

Ch 16  Pt 2  1868-1870

Vineyard  Church  and
Temperance Work

Ch 17  Pt 1  1870-1873

Ch 17  Pt 2  1873-1874

Sing Sing Sing

Ch 18  Pt 1  1875-1876

Ch 18  Pt 2  1876-1877

Westward Ho!

Ch 19  Pt 1  1877-1879

Ch 19  Pt 2  1879-1880

The Gilded Age

Ch 20  Pt 1  1880-1883

Ch 20  Pt 2  1883-1886

Come Let Us Part

Ch 21  Pt 1  1884-1891

Ch 21  Pt 2  1891-1893

With Angel Voices Blending

Ch 22  Pt 1  1894-1902

Ch 22  Pt 2  1903-1908

Merry Melodeon

Afterword & Reference Lists

Bibliography of Scores

Part One

Part Two

  -  A 2007 Biography


The Alleghanians

Home Page

Chapter 1  Part 1  1846-1849

Chapter 1  Part 2  1849-1850

Chapter 2  Part 1  1851-1852

Chapter 2  Part 2  1852

Chapter 3  Part 1  1852

Chapter 3  Part 2  1852

Chapter 4  Part 1  1852-1853

Chapter 4  Part 2  1853-1855

Chapter 5  Part 1  1855-1856

Chapter 5  Part 2  1856

Chapter 6  Part 1  1856-1859

Chapter 6  Part 2  1859-1861

Chapter 7  Part 1  1861-1866

Chapter 7  Part 2  1866-1869

Chapter 8  Part 1  1869-1872

Chapter 8  Part 2  1873-1882

Bibliography of Scores Pt 1

Bibliography of Scores Pt 2

  -  A 2007 Biography


Story of the Hutchinsons

   by John Wallace Hutchinson

   Newly Annotated

   Table of Contents


Volume 1  <

Preface by Charles E. Mann

Introduction by Frederick Douglass

The Tribe of Jesse

Ch 1  Pt 1

Ch 1  Pt 2  1820s-1830s

Beginnings of Song

Ch 2  Pt 1  1840-1842

Ch 2  Pt 2  1842

Singing for Freedom

Ch 3  Pt 1  1842-1843

Ch 3  Pt 2  1843-1844

Ch 3  Pt 3  1844-1845

In England

Ch 4  Pt 1  1845

Ch 4  Pt 2  1845-1846

In Scotland

Ch 5  Pt 1 of 1  1846

A Good Time Coming

Ch 6  Pt 1  1846-1848

Ch 6  Pt 2  1848-1850

Lights and Shadows

Ch 7  Pt 1  1850-1851

Ch 7  Pt 2  1851-1852

Ch 7  Pt. 3  1852-1854

In the Great West

Ch 8  Pt 1 of 1  1855-1858

The Swarming

Ch 9  Pt 1 of 1  1857-1860

In War Time

Ch 10  Pt 1  1860-1862

Ch 10  Pt 2  1862

Ch 10  Pt 3  1862-1865

Moral Reform Work

Ch 11  Pt 1  1866-1867

Ch 11  Pt 2  1867-1868

Ch 11  Pt 3  1868-1869


Volume 2  <

Crusading for Temperance

Ch 1  Pt 1  1870-1872

Ch 1  Pt 2  1872-1874

Ch 1  Pt 3  1875-1877

Across the Continent

Ch 2  Pt 1  1877-1879

Ch 2  Pt 2  1879-1883

Ch 2  Pt 3  1883-1884

Ch 2  Pt 4  1884-1888

Looking Toward Sunset

Ch 3  Pt 1  1888-1891

Ch 3  Pt 2  1891-1892

Ch 3  Pt 3  1892-1893

Ch 3  Pt 4  1893-1896

An Old-Time Yankee Family

Ch 4  Pt 1  Jesse, David, Noah,

   Mary, Andrew, Zephaniah,

   Caleb, Joshua, Jesse Jr.

Ch 4  Pt 2  Jesse Jr. continued,

   Benjamin, Judson, Rhoda,

   Asa

Ch 4  Pt 3  Asa continued,

   Elizabeth Maryann, Abby

American Songs and Their

   Interpretation

Ch 5  Pt 1

Ch 5  Pt 2

Appendix:  Sister Abby's Letters

Part 1

Part 2

Songster

Family Capsule Biography

Asa B. Hutchinson

Jesse Hutchinson, Jr.

John W. Hutchinson

Joshua Hutchinson

Judson J Hutchinson

Lillie Phillips Hutchinson

Zephaniah K. Hutchinson

Abby Hutchinson Patton

Ludlow Patton

Discography

Genealogy (Links)

Milford Homestead

Bibliography

Links (general)

Nathaniel P. Rogers

Dr. Taylor's Improved Movement

   Cure Institute










"The celebrated and honored Hutchinson Family," wrote P. T. Barnum, "always give a most excellent entertainment, which pleases all classes, and exercises a mighty influence for good. To endorse them as the best of entertainers and philanthropists is as superfluous as a certificate to the sun for its warmth and brightness."

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The Hutchinson Family flourished in the mid-19th century. In their own times, as far as I can tell, literally everyone in the United States had an idea who the Hutchinsons were. They were famous for singing in remarkably close harmony; and they were infamous for using their talent and fame to promote causes, such as antislavery, woman suffrage, temperance, and the Lincoln presidential campaign. Infamous? Yes. The 19th-century women's movement was widely ridiculed and the antislavery agitation was despised.

Friends, coworkers, and fans of the Hutchinson Family included Susan B. Anthony, Phineas T. Barnum, Charles Dickens, Frederick Douglass, Horace Greeley, and Abraham Lincoln. They were said to be Walt Whitman's favorite singers. The Hutchinsons performed often throughout the Northeast, the Middle Atlantic States, and the Midwest; and they made important tours through the South, the West Coast, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The singers were colorful, charismatic people. They witnessed and participated in many historic events.

The New York Times said of the Hutchinson Family, "Perhaps no troupe of singers ever enjoyed a more satisfactory success." Check out the main article about the Hutchinsons, along with the individual profiles, to find out why.

-- Alan Lewis, revised December 6, 2002



Copyright © 2002-2006 by Alan Lewis.
All rights reserved.


Click -- HERE -- for a review of the Revels Circle of Song stage show, There's a Meeting Here Tonight!, which is based on the lives and careers of the Hutchinson Family.


Dale Cockrell's wonderful book, Excelsior, is an essential volume for researching the Hutchinson Family; and, happily, the publisher, Pendragon Press, has kept it in print. Excelsior received the Irving R. Lowens Award as the best book on American music published in 1989.


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