- Title Pages
- Opening Theme: The Hutchinson Family Singers as Reformers
- First Variation: The Hutchinsons' Commercial Success and Legacy
- Exposition: The Civil War and the Postbellum Problem of Antislavery
- Development, Scene One, 1893: the Legacy of the Hutchinson Family Singers and of Antislavery Reform
- Scene Two, the 1840s: Music and Antislavery, the Hutchinson Family Singers as Public Abolitionists
- First Section: Origins of the Hutchinson Family, 1800–1830
- Second Section: The Hutchinson Children and Some Initial Musical Influences
- First Section (Modified): Milford, the Hutchinson Family, Religion, and Culture
- Intermission (Bridge to Part Third)
- Changes in a Northern Land: Religion, Politics, and Culture, 1820–1840
- Manufactured Nature
- First Section: Music (the Hutchinsons' First Concert)
- Second Section: A Music Career and the Hunt for an Identity, 1841
- Coda to First Section: Music (Music Publishing and the Hutchinsons' 1843 Hits)
- Theme: Leisure and Politics in 1844
- First Variation: Money for Nothing? the Hutchinson Family Singers as Communitarians
- Second Variation: Hutchinson Family Singers Fans and the Weight of Sympathy
- Exposition: American Antislavery Abroad, Racially Mixed Audiences at Home
- Development: Antiwar Culture and Political Antislavery, 1845–1848
- Recapitulation, Opening: Abby's Retirement, 1849
- Recapitulation, Closing: The End of the Hutchinson Family Singers
- Coda to Part First: John and Fred, the 1893 Danvers Meeting, the 1893 World Expo, and the Trajectory of Black and White Antebellum Reform
- Appendix: Lyrics to Select Hutchinson Family Singers Songs
- Manufactured Nature
- Singing for Freedom
- Yale University Press
This chapter examines Milford as one of the many burgeoning manufacturing towns in the northern countryside. The opening of large manufacturing towns such as Lowell drew migrants from the countryside who was no longer tied to family land. Geographic mobility and jobs away from home provided a degree of economic and social independence previously unknown to young men and, especially, to young women. New hotels and well-groomed roads certainly changed the way the White Mountains looked, but the traffic required to fill the accommodations and the railroads that brought visitors to the region made the most dramatic difference. By the start of 1840, the Hutchinson family's hop cultivation, along with successful business ventures of some of the older brothers in Lynn and in Boston, provided Jesse and Polly with financial stability despite the 1837 depression.
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