American Jezebel

American Jezebel

The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

Book - 2004
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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 attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform. Charged with heresy and sedition, she defended herself brilliantly, but the court, faced with a perceived threat to public order, banished her for behaving in a manner "not comely for [her] sex." The seeds of the American struggle for women's and human rights can be found in her courageous story. Nathaniel Hawthorne used her as a model for Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter; her detractors referred to her as "the instrument of Satan," a witch, "more bold than a man," and Jezebel--the ancient queen who, on account of her tremendous political power, was "the most evil woman" in the Bible.--From publisher description.
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©2004
ISBN: 9780060562335
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 973.22 HUTCHINSO 2004
Characteristics: xxi, 312 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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