Anne Hutchinson Biography

A German-born science writer once asked, “Aren’t there any other women expect those but players Betsy Ross and Molly Pitcher who had a part in your country’s development?” The story of Anne Hutchinson would tell him otherwise. She was a prophet, spiritual advisor, mother of fifteen, and an important contributor in a fierce religious controversy that shook the infant Massachusetts Bay Colony. Anne Hutchinson may bare a mention in every textbook of American history, but we “Americans know little about her save, her name, and the skeleton of her story”. She has never been widely understood or her achievements appreciated and recognized. Not only did Hutchinson make for a religious awakening, but she made strides for women. This was a time where …show more content…
She rejected the Church’s teaching that women, by the act of giving birth, were adding more sin into the world. She refused to believe that her babies, were inescapably born in Original sin. Her reaction was generated by her idol, John Cotton and his influence. Her role in the domestic setting, along with the example of her idol she began to hold meetings at her own home, sermonizing and discussing her personal interpretations of the scripture. Like many religious movements, early Puritanism was a household religion. As years went on, she attracted larger and larger audiences, mostly women. Once the religion was institutionalized women lost authority they had administered in the former domestic phase. Hutchinson sought to fight her way in such a male dominated field. Things went well for both Cotton and the Hutchinsons until 1636, when they both started speaking out against the way Puritans leaders were being trained, sparking the Antinomian Controversy, a conflict that lasted until 1638. According to the book “Rebels and Renegades: A Chronology of Social and Political Dissent in the United …show more content…
This brought a separation in the Puritan community. In 1636 those who supported her, would vote for Henry Vane as the colony’s governor, whom attended Hutchinsons’ meetings. The victory was quickly over as Vane was defeated by John Winthrop. Once Winthrop was in position he sought to discredit and denounce Hutchinson, eventually charging her with sedition, the act of inciting people to rebel against authority. As she was brought to trial in 1637 Winthrop accused her of violating the 5th commandment to “honor they father and thy mother,” implying that she had defied authority. He also condemned her for teaching men, which was a violation of the Puritan’s rule that women should not be leaders. She professed to violating such rules and said but that God had revealed himself directly to her saying, “He hath let me see which was the clear ministry and which the wrong.” According to the Puritan Doctrine it was in violation, that commands came only from God. She was then banished from the colony soon after her church trial. It was said in an article in Harvard Magazine, that before her trial her friend and mentor, John Cotton turned his back on her, saying her teachings were, “promiscuous and filthie”, as men and women came together without the relation of marriage, and that this practice would “eat out the very bowels of religion.” During the church trial, the leaders tried to

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