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Friday, 14 August 2015

Anne Hutchinson

By the early 1640s with land and freedom for everyone, over 14,000 people had settled near Boston. Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643), a Puritan housewife and minister's child, held weekly bible study meetings there for the women of the colony at which she criticized the preaching of the clergy and the authority of the Puritan leaders in religious matters.

Claiming the authority of the Spirit Anne became a thorn in the flesh to the Puritan fathers and she was bought to trial and banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This was followed by a church trial in which on March 22, 1638 she was excommunicated for dissenting from Puritan orthodoxy.

Anne Hutchinson on Trial by Edwin Austin Abbey 

Anne Hutchinson's protest helped to establish the principle of freedom of religion in America.

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