Ann Hutchinson’s religious fervor


My only tidbit to add to the thesis direction is that if Anne had been a man would she have been an honored magistrate rather than a heretic?

I have attached the grading rubric and teachers guidelines/tips.

The guidelines say to use our text book, but I think basically any info in our textbook about Anne is pretty generic. There are a couple different types of sources required, I believe.


Ann Hutchison, a middle-aged house-wife from Massachusetts Bay Colony, was a religious descent who was banished from the Puritan community because of her religious fever. She was a religious zealot who had escaped religious operation of the English church and set forth to seek a new life in a free world, but she never realized this freedom. She was educated, enlightened, and her family was respected in Boston, Massachusetts, but this did not prevent her banishment despite her being a close follower of the Puritan church. Her only crime was her free-thinking nature which attracted a crowd to her home on set days of the week where they listened to her free interpretation of the Bible. Based on her free-thinking nature, and if she was a man, would Ann Hutchison be an honored magistrate still considered a religious heretic? The case of Ann Hutchison exemplifies the gender issues that persisted in the early colonies, and how they were intertwined to shared social norms like religions. This study outlines the experience of Ann Hutchison and her religious fervor. The study will look at the validity of the arguments for her banishment, and how the entire experience shows systematic gender oppression in the early colonies[1]. Although the court accused Ann Hutchison of heresy and disparaging the ministers, she was banished because she was outstepped the traditional gender roles ascribed to women in the society at the time.