Get Off The Tracks

09 Feb

I am in love with this Civil War song that we listened to in my History of American Popular Music class. We started to talk about songwriters around the time of the Civil War, what was popular then. What people were writing about.


The Hutchison Family (in my notes: “Before there was Bob Dylan, or Peter, Paul, and Mary (which is a band and not referring to people from the Bible)

The Hutchison Family used music as a form of protest in order to bring light to social issues. They were a Baptist family from New Hampshire. They wrote about temperance, woman’s right to vote, slavery, and were in support of Lincoln. They fit their words to the melody meaning that they took other tunes and fit them to their lyrics. Copyright laws apparently did not exist, yet. They also toured with Frederick Douglas on his tours of what was really like to be a slave.


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