Anne Hutchinson: An Independent, Religious Woman in Early America



Created By: Sabrina Cook

HIS 338

January 27, 1999



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Introduction:

Anne Marbury Hutchinson was a pivotal figure in the shaping of early American history. She experienced many highs and lows in her life, most related to her religious beliefs. She believed strongly in religious freedom and a person's right to express their beliefs, especially to others who were prepared to listen. One of Anne's most widely known religious beliefs was her acceptance of a Covenant of Grace. She held meetings in her home to preach her convictions, both men and women attended. Anne's life in Massachusetts was ended when a General Court banished her from the colony in 1637. Anne is one of the pioneers in, not only religious freedom, but also women's rights. Her life, from beginning to end, was an instrumental part of American history.



Anne Hutchinson: An Independent, Religious Woman in Early America

Anne's Beginning, Conversion to John Cotton's Teachings, and Move to New England

Anne's Meetings and Statements Enrage Local Officials

"Antinomians," Wheelwright Placed on Trial, and the Synod

Anne's Trial Before the General Court

Anne's Expulsion and Move to Rhode Island

Conclusion

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