The quartet, often called the Tribe of Jesse, sang these songs at anti-slavery rallies, concerts across the nation, and even on tour in the British Isles. Music coursed through the veins of the Hutchinsons, with the families of Judson, John, and Asa each subsequently forming their own Hutchinson Family music groups, their own Tribes. They endorsed Lincoln's presidential campaigns, supported the North in the Civil War, performed slave songs to bring awareness to the circumstance of black Americans after the war, and sang in support of women's suffrage. They sang their own original songs, as well as performing songs composed by others. Several of the Hutchinsons wrote lyrics, however most of the melodies were based upon existing tunes.
Abby was noted especially for her beautiful arrangements of spirituals. This two-volume set contains John's autobiography and the story of his family from his perspective. Telling the story of the Hutchinsons fell to him most sensibly as he witnessed firsthand so many of the family's defining events, particularly run-ins with contention and even violence.While all the subsequent tribes still upheld the ideals of reform, his family, the Tribe of John, most often sang in more controversial settings. It was John who orchestrated the forming of the original quartet, and John who was the last surviving member of the original tribe. His love for his family and music, the joy and grief of nearly six decades worth of family history, is palpable within the pages. Friend of the family Frederick Douglass provided the autobiography's introduction.
He says of the family and their talent, The Hutchinsons were indeed an acquisition to the anti-slavery cause and to all other good causes. They sang for freedom, for temperance, for peace, for moral and social reform... This gift of music has, like the all-pervading love of God, power to reach, melt, and fuse the souls of men into a sense of common kinship, common brotherhood and a common destiny.
P ublished in 1896, these books are in GOOD+ CONDITION! For their age and especially to be 125 YEARS OLD!!! And firmly bound with no destructive markings. The only notable damage is some scraping and slight tearing along the fore-edges on Volume 2, as pictured. Each book measures 6 1/4" x 8 1/2" and Volume 1 is complete with 495 pages, and Volume 2 is complete 416 pages with appendix and index.
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