Lincoln and Liberty
Attributed by Jesse Hutchinson Jr. of the Hutchinson Family Singers the song adapted from the tune of "Old Rosin the Beau" and was originally called "Liberty Ball." The title echoes earlier songs with the same melody as "Adams and Liberty" and repeated in later campaign songs. Shortly after Jesse's death in 1853, the song was modified to support Lincoln's presidency. The song was last sung by the Hutchinson Family at the 1892 dedication for the statue of John P. Hale. Frederick Douglass also was present and sung with the Hutchinson Family.
The song expresses themes of abolitionism and log cabin virtues, with the chorus also expansively establishing Lincoln as a favorite son of three states (Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois). The Hutchinson family traveled through the country singing the song at Lincoln campaign rallies and even in the White House.
In the novel Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker, young Republicans sung the song in a political rally (see pg. 422).
The song became the official campaign song for President Lincoln's campaign. Rallies supporting Lincoln sung the song and was also published in The Hutchinson's Republican Songster.
- Silber, Irwin (1971). Songs America Voted By. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books.
- Ward, William R (1975). The American Bicentennial Songbook Volume 1: 1770 - 1870s, New York, NY, 1975, pp. 163.
- Lincoln and Liberty, Ballad of America: Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. http://balladofamerica.bandcamp.com/track/lincoln-and-liberty.
- Lincoln and Liberty: Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era. http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/LincolnandLiberty.htm
- The Liberty Ball. Poetry and Music of the War between States. http://www.civilwarpoetry.org/union/songs/hutch-exp.html.
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