The Threat of Anne Hutchinson Essay

1317 Words Nov 22nd, 2005 6 Pages
Richard
September 19, 2005
The Threat of Anne Hutchinson
Questions:
What had Anne Hutchinson done?
Why was Anne Hutchinson such a threat to the Massachusetts Bay colony?
How was Anne Hutchinson's trial an ordeal for her and how was it an ordeal for the community?

Anne Hutchinson, for centuries now, has been seen as a woman who paved the way for religious freedom. She was a great leader in the cause for religious toleration in America and the advancement of women in society. Anne
Hutchinson was "a magnetic woman of extraordinary talent and intellect" as well as a woman "who quickly gained respect among Boston's women as a midwife, healer, and spiritual counselor" (AP, p. 92).
Although Hutchinson is documented to have been
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In addition to this, it must also be said that the Puritan's believed they had a covenant with God to establish a holy colony. This was to be used as an example for others. Winthrop often referred to their community as "a city upon the hill" (D, p. 30). Basically, he was referring to it as a place where
Puritanism was practiced with the utmost devotion. This, as you can see, was not a colony with a high tolerance level for dissension and questions of faith. These presented themselves as some of the charges against Hutchinson. She was accused of "having gone to a meeting of ministers and accusing them of preaching a covenant of work rather than a covenant of grace" (D, p. 40). Most of the ministers present corroborated on having heard her make this allegation, however, she remained steadfast in her denial. An interesting note on this was the fact that a Mr. Wilson had logged notes of the meeting according to Hutchinson. She was convinced these would exonerate her, but they were lost and never brought forth.
One of the final nails-in-the-coffin during the trial was Hutchinson's revelation that she was to be saved from this persecution by a miracle similar to that of Daniel in the Bible. She also claimed that a curse would be brought upon those involved in her prosecution. I believe that her speaking of a revelation given to her by God himself, cemented Winthrop and the court's belief that she was a threat to their community. With respect to

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