American Jezebel (Google eBook)

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Zondervan, Oct 19, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
23 Reviews

In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a forty-six-year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court, charged with heresy and sedition. In a time when women could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power. Her unconventional ideas had attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform. Hutchinson defended herself brilliantly, but the judges, faced with a perceived threat to public order, banished her for behaving in a manner "not comely for [her] sex."

Written by one of Hutchinson's direct descendants, American Jezebel brings both balance and perspective to Hutchinson's story. It captures this American heroine's life in all its complexity, presenting her not as a religious fanatic, a cardboard feminist, or a raging crank—as some have portrayed her—but as a flesh-and-blood wife, mother, theologian, and political leader. The book narrates her dramatic expulsion from Massachusetts, after which her judges, still threatened by her challenges, promptly built Harvard College to enforce religious and social orthodoxies—making her the mid-wife to the nation's first college. In exile, she settled Rhode Island, becoming the only woman ever to co-found an American colony.

The seeds of the American struggle for women's and human rights can be found in the story of this one woman's courageous life. American Jezebel illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.

  

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Review: American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

User Review  - Debra - Goodreads

An interesting view of a rebel. How dare she was think herself, being a woman and all? a nicely documented history of the of the theological arguments. Good if you want to understand the Puritan world ... Read full review

Review: American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

User Review  - Conchetta - Goodreads

The history of Puritans in New England and the irony of those who escaped religious persecution becoming persecutors themselves. A complicated and interesting story. Read full review

Contents

Enemy of the State
1
This Impudent Puritan
19
A Masterpiece of Womans Wit
39
Strange Opinions
50
The End of All Controversy
70
As the Lily Among Thorns
82
From Boston to This Wilderness
96
A Final Act of Defiance
114
The Husband of Mistress Hutchinson
139
An Uneasy and Constant Watch
159
A Spirit of Delusion and Error
168
A Dangerous Instrument of the Devil
195
Exploring Anne Hutchinsons England and America
257
Chronology
271
Index
293
Copyright

Not Fit for Our Society
127

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About the author (2010)

Eve LaPlante, a sixth great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, is the author of two previous critically acclaimed books: American Jezebel, a biography of her ancestor Anne Hutchinson, and Seized, a narrative portrait of temporal lobe epilepsy. LaPlante has degrees from Princeton and Harvard and has written for The Atlantic, the New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, and Boston magazine. She lives with her family in New England on land once owned by Judge Sewall.

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