"The celebrated and honored Hutchinson Family," wrote
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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.
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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,