Hutchinson Family Singers Perform Get Off the Track at Anti-Slavery Society Meeting

May 1844

The Hutchinson Family Singers was the first commercially successful popular music act to fuse an social protest with public music performance. They cultivated a public image based on a fusion of Christian revivalism, abolitionism, and agrarianism, which aided their cause, brought them financial success, and helped them avoid criticisms of taking advantage of slavery. A performance of their best known song Get Off the Track (an adaption of the minstrel song Old Dan Tucker) at an Anti-Slavery Society Meeting in May of 1844, changed the sound of the abolitionist movement and catapulted them to nineteenth century popular music fame.


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