Anne Hutchinson's life had a profound impact on religion in America. She began her life surrounded by turmoil created by her father, Francis, and his disagreements with the Church of England's theology. She learned from this and developed her own beliefs as a result. Once in New England, Anne forced the colonists of Massachusetts Bay to examine their religious beliefs. She presented a differing view from the First Church of Boston's Covenant of Works ideology. She was a strong proponent of religious freedom. Anne believed in her right to preach to those colonists who chose to listen during private meetings. She challenged the existing church authority and demanded to be heard. Even Anne's trial could not dampen her spirits. She knew New England would not be an easy road on her quest for religious freedom, but it was a significant bump that made her convictions heard and practiced. Religious freedom is a part of America today and a luxury many take for granted. Anne Hutchinson did not have this luxury; thus, she fought the majority of her life to encourage the practice among early Americans.
Some historians believe Anne was fighting for women's rights during her time in Massachusetts. She definitely supported a woman's right to choose religious beliefs, read them, and teach them to others. Her meetings were always for women first and men happened to come in later. Even though Anne never expressed a desire to be a champion for women's rights, her actions spoke louder than words. Her life encouraged other women to become involved. Today, women in the United States are blessed with the same rights as men. Women are able to enjoy this freedom, due in part to Anne Hutchinson's relentless strength and ultimate perseverance. Anne Hutchinson was an independent, religious woman in early America that did much in the movement toward religious freedom and women's rights.
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