ANNE HUTCHINSON: Fighter for Religious Freedom by Dennis Brindell Fradin

ANNE HUTCHINSON: Fighter for Religious Freedom

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A Puritan religious reformer, Hutchinson emigrated with her husband and ten children from England to America--where she was at first a follower of John Cotton, who also believed in a loving (as opposed to a vengeful) God. In Boston, where Hutchinson held meetings to share her ideas, her popularity and growing influence earned her powerful enemies--including John Winthrop, who acted as both prosecuting attorney and judge when she was put on trial in 1637. Refusing to change her ways, she was banished to Rhode Island, where she was again tried and thrown out of the church. Eventually she moved to New York; there, she and five of her children were killed in an Indian uprising. Her courage to voice her beliefs paved the way for future reformers. Fradin's research is thorough, his style concise and easily understood. Unfortunately, though, either in the cause of brevity or in deference to young readers, most of the emotion inherent in Hutchinson's story has been eliminated. The result is flat and lifeless, an injustice to a woman whose life has inspired generations of women a and reformers.

Pub Date: Jan. 2nd, 1990
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Enslow