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Anne Hutchinson was a Puritan spiritual leader who spread her own interpretations of the Bible. Her act led to the Antinomian Controversy in the Massachusetts Bay Colony which caused her death in a massacre in 1643. See the fact file below for more information on Anne Hutchinson or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Anne Hutchinson Facts
- Anne Marbury was the daughter of Francis Marbury, a discredited Anglican clergyman. He was born in Alford, Lincolnshire, England in 1591. Growing up, young Anne was taught to have her own way of thinking while her mother, Bridget Dryden, equipped her with knowledge in herbal medicines.
- In 1612, Anne married a merchant, William Hutchinson and became followers of the Anglican minister John Cotton.
- England and its colonies were then under the Protestant-led Church of England which made other religious views discreet and hidden. Puritans such as minister Cotton moved to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1633. Hutchinsons soon followed after a year.
- Upon arrival in Boston, Anne became a midwife and herbalist. Alongside, she gathered people in her home once a week to discuss the minister’s sermon. She believed about the spirit-centered theology which focused on strengthening one’s faith.
- Puritan minister’s found her teachings unacceptable. They viewed themselves as the sole interpreters of the Bible thus making a woman not qualified. Ministers believed that people must live according to the Bible’s precepts of performing deeds. Their strict doctrine faced doubts among the people after Hutchinson’s weekly meetings.
- The era of growing dispute was known as the Antinomian Controversy (1636-1638). The controversy broke out while Cotton was leading the religious revival which caused doubts on the colonists spiritual beliefs.
- Hutchinson was deemed a threat thus incurring danger to the community’s faith.
- Governor John Winthrop filed a case of sedition and heresy against Hutchinson through the General Court of Massachusetts. By November 1637, she faced the trial and was accused of defaming the ministers by her opposite teachings.
- During the trial, Winthrop highlighted that Anne’s teaching men in public was not an act fit for her sex. Hutchinson defended herself by citing how the younger was taught by elder women in the Bible.
- Hutchinson claimed that all her statements and acts came directly from God. Right at the moment, people of the Puritan Massachusetts found her guilty of heresy.
- On March 22, 1638, she banished from the community after being excommunicated by the Church of Boston.
- William and Anne moved to the colony in Rhode Island. In 1642, her husband died which led Anne with his children and servants to transfer to Long Island Sound.
- In 1643, Hutchinson and most of her children were killed by the local Native American tribe, Siwanoy. The tribespeople despised the new settlers which led to a harsh and bloody massacre.
- Anne Hutchinson played a controversial role in Boston’s social milieu. She gained religious authority that no woman should possess during her time.
- Historians viewed Hutchinson’s fate was driven by political, theological, and gender issues during the colonial era. Women are designed to do household duties with no political and spiritual influence to the community.
Anne Hutchinson Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Anne Hutchinson Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the controversial Puritan spiritual leader who defended her stand against common political and religious views. Anne Hutchinson may have encountered numerous issues relating to her gender during her time but her courage will not be forgotten throughout history.
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- Anne Hutchinson Facts
- Religious Faiths
- Antinomian Controversy
- Biblical Facts
- World Religions
- All About the Church of England
- The Hutchinson Trial
- Boston Headlines!
- Women and Religion
- Let’s Sum Up!
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