Puritan Prophet

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Peter Kaplon History 204 09/20/10 Book Review Puritan Prophet The book Anne Hutchinson: Puritan Prophet, by Timothy D. Hall, tells the story of a strong-willed woman whose faith and intellect brought her about to play a major role in early New England Puritan life. Hall tries to answer many questions surrounding Hutchinson throughout the book to try and bring clarity to a powerful historic event. The main question concerning Hall, in this book, is “what should we make of this remarkable woman and her tragic fate?” (Hall, 2). Hall plots the story of Anne Hutchinson in chronological order throughout the book, while using sources from not only historians of today, but also from firsthand accounts of people who lived during that…show more content…
The “free-grace” supporters were described by Hall as a “party which rallied around John Cotton’s insistence on the “witness of the spirit” for assurance.” (Hall, 63). This group included members such as John Cotton, John Wheelwright, Sir Henry Vane, William Coddington, and Anne Hutchinson. Hall never really sides with either group as to which he thought was right, but does seem to argue points for both. The “sanctificationists” would eventually win the debate as to what views the colonist’s churches would be governed by, and Anne Hutchinson would eventually be banished from the community and forced to cut all ties with the church of Boston. This was not an easy win however, as Anne showed incredible wit and knowledge during her trial, but there were just too many people in the community who did not side with her. Although Hall never picks a side as to who he thought was right, he does seem to show sympathy towards Anne and the cruel fate she was dealt. In my mind Hall answers his question as to who Anne Hutchinson really was throughout the entire book. She was a loving, passionate woman, who stood up for what she believed in and in many ways, as Hall described her in his preface, she was “the first American woman – bold, independent, self confident, articulate, assertive of her rights in the face of those bent on denying them.” (Hall, ix) Works Cited 1. Hall, Timothy D.. 1st ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc., Longman,
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