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Anne Hutchinson’s Challenge To Puritan Order David Alvarez 2929955 AMH 2041, Maxwell February 15, 2010
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The 1600’s were a time dominated by men. Men held high ranks politically, socially, and theologically. To be a woman during this time was nothing but a struggle. They were thought of nothing but mere servants to men; only present to maintain their residence, put food on the table, and produce children. Their thoughts were suppressed, and men did not take their opinions seriously. It was even more difficult for women who had very outspoken personalities; one in particular named Anne Hutchinson. Anne was a courageous woman who faced the hardships of being a woman, exposed many flaws of the court system, and was considered a threat to colonial order. Anne was born in England in the year 1591. She is the daughter of Reverend Francis Marbury, who at the time was labeled a nonconformist by the Church of England. A nonconformist was a name given to Protestants who were no longer part of the Church. Anne’s father believed that there was no separation between the church and state of England. Many of the higher ranked priests and religious officials, he believed, only got the positions because of political leverage. He was always an outspoken man, and because of that, he was arrested on multiple occasions for speaking his mind. Growing up around such a passionate man, there was no doubt Anne would take on the same qualities as her father. She was not afraid to speak her mind, and felt the need to express herself. Because of her father, she also developed a large interest for religion and politics at a very early age. Throughout this time in Europe, England in particular was going through a time of religious and social confusion. The people of England did not like what the Roman Catholic Church had become. Many thought that it was corrupt and being manipulated by the English government. The Puritans wanted to reform the church in many aspects. They focused more on
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prayer and believed that the Church should strictly follow the Bible. There were many Puritan
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