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Hartwick Welcomes Trio to Sing Songs of the Anti-Slavery Movement

February 14, 2012

The vocal trio Redeeming Love will perform songs of the American anti-slavery movement at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 in Eaton Lounge, in Bresee Hall at Hartwick College, as part of the College's Civil War Symposium.

In the 1840's and 1850's in New England, anti-slavery groups sang and published songs that were intended to persuade people of the evils of slavery. At first the anti-slavery movement was grounded in religion--in doctrines that men are created in the image of God and that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. In the 1840's, anti-slavery also became a political movement. Abolitionists formed the Liberty Party and campaigned for their presidential candidate, James G. Birney.

Major American poets such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Greenleaf Whittier contributed lyrics for anti-slavery songs. Sometimes new anti-slavery verses were written to be sung to familiar tunes. Lyrics tugged on people's heart-strings and pointed out the irony and hypocrisy of slavery in a free, Christian country.

When the Hutchinson Family Singers began writing and performing anti-slavery songs in 1843, they achieved "rock star" success and reached wide audiences in the Northeast. They also soothed disagreements among the different anti-slavery factions.

Redeeming Love will perform and provide commentary on twelve songs from anti-slavery songbooks. The trio is made up of Christina Chrislip, soprano; Frederic Chrislip, tenor; and Paul Griswold, baritone. They have been singing together since 1998. For more information, e-mail or call 607-432-0147.

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