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Zoom Hutchinson Family Singers, 1845Unknown Artist, American SchoolDaguerreotype 5 11/16 x 7 3/4 in.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. Both praised and vilified by  the press and public, America’s first group of social protest folk  singers performed throughout the country for more than fifty years.
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Hutchinson Family Singers, 1845
Unknown Artist, American School
Daguerreotype 5 11/16 x 7 3/4 in.

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. Both praised and vilified by the press and public, America’s first group of social protest folk singers performed throughout the country for more than fifty years.

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