Anne Hutchinson

Jolena Y.

     Anne Hutchinson was an adventurous woman. She always went against the flow looking for freedom. Her family sailed to America with other colonists in 1634 hoping for religious freedom. Anne joined the audience of John Cotton but soon differences exploded due to her contrasting ideas and wish to have freedom of thought. She wanted to praise God as she believed was desirable but instead was guided by the harsh beliefs of the Puritans. She was set on speaking her mind but women were looked at as morally feeble and if allowed opinion, men would be led to damnation.

     She decided to start a Women's club and meetings were held in her own home. The strong women discussed the scriptures, prayed, and reviewed sermons. Anne also expressed her own views. Her women's club meetings were seen as a risk to the government of the men in power and against the fundamental ethics of the Puritan's way of living. John Winthrop viewed Anne Hutchinson as a 'separatist' and criticized her gatherings, stating that the women's meetings were not acceptable or good looking in the sight of God, or suitable for the gender.

     In the November of 1637, Anne Hutchinson was arrested and placed in custody at the house of the marshal of Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was accused of breaking the fifth commandment "Honor thy father and mother..." and accordingly encouraging conflict against the fathers of the society. She was also accused that her meetings tempted women to disrespect the care of their own families. The court found her guilty and sent her to banishment by the Civil Court. Anne Hutchinson and her followers created a home in Portsmouth and adopted a new government which provided for trial by jury and divorce of church and state. Anne and many of her family were killed by the Native Americans in 1634.