The Trial of Anne Hutchinson

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The Trial of Anne Hutchinson

The Trial of Anne Hutchinson

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During 1630s, religious disagreement reached the Puritan of Massachusetts where Anne and other members preached against the conventional dogma. These actions made the Puritan fathers to view Anne’s activities as a hazardous intimidation to the status quo. In 1637, Anne Hutchison was brought to the civil trial with charges of causing humiliations or disgrace to the ministers by making hateful and false statements. On this basis, Anne was accused of violating the fifth commandment according to the Christians that states that; ‘honor your father and mother so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord gave you’ (Exodus 20:2-17). In reference to this commandment, Anne was accused of supporting opposition against the fathers of the commonwealth. In this case, women who attended her congregations neglected the care of their own families. This study will be guided by a thesis stated as, ‘despite her objections in the trial, Anne Hutchison deserved conviction and banishment from the orthodox colony’ (Morgan 56-123).