Source1_HutchinsonTrial_June6_19.docx - Take-Home Primary Analysis 1 HIST 2055 Summer 2019 Instructions In complete sentences totaling no more than two

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Take-Home Primary Analysis 1 HIST 2055, Summer 2019 Instructions : In complete sentences totaling no more than two pages of double-spaced, 12 pt. font, please analyze the excerpt from Anne Hutchinson’s trial. Your analysis should explain: How the trial reflects the Puritan colonists’ beliefs about gender and sex. How Anne Hutchinson’s actions contradicted the Puritans’ religious beliefs, especially those about revelations from God. How the inquisitors view her actions in relation to the colony’s established churches. What Anne Hutchinson believes the established churches are teaching. What authority Anne Hutchinson claims in the face of these accusations. From: The Massachusetts Bay Colony Case against Anne Hutchinson (1637) Mr. Winthrop, governor : Mrs. Hutchinson, you are called here as one of those that have troubled the peace of the commonwealth and the churches here; you are known to be a woman that hath had a great share in the promoting and divulging of those opinions that are causes of this trouble and to be nearly joined not only in affinity and affection with some of those the court had taken notice of and passed censure upon. But you have spoken divers things as we have been informed very prejudicial to the honour of the churches and ministers thereof, and you have maintained a meeting and an assembly in your house that hath been condemned by the general assembly as a thing not tolerable nor comely in the sight of God nor fitting for your sex; and notwithstanding that was cried down, you have continued the same. Therefore we have thought good to send for you to understand how things are . . . Mrs. Hutchinson : What have I said or done? Gov .: Why for your doings, this you did harbor and countenance those that are parties in this faction that you have heard of. Mrs . H. : That is a matter of conscience, Sir. Gov .: Your conscience you must keep, or it must be kept for you * * * Gov. : Why do you keep such a meeting at your house as you do every week upon a set day? Mrs. H .: It is lawful for me so to do, as it is all you practices; and can you find a warrant for yourself and condemn me for the same thing? . . . Gov .: For this, that you appeal to our practice you need no confutation. If your meeting had answered to the former it had not been offensive, but I will say that there was no meeting of women alone. But your meeting is of another sort, for there are sometimes men among you.
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