American Jezebel

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American Jezebel

Instructor: Mr. James Brownlee

2 December 2017

American Jezebel

American Jezebel is an incredible story about Ann Hutchinson – a woman most would consider to be a religious fanatic by today’s standards, and how her staunch religious beliefs lead to her banishment from the Massachuchtes colony.

Hutchinson immigrated to Massachusetts in the fall of 1934. She was a mother to fourteen children, and around the newly formed Massachutes colony, Hutchinson was known as a midwife. In her early years, she spend a lot of time with her mother (who was also a midwife), and was trained by her in midwifery. Many historians argue that Hutchinson would not have had such a tremendous influence over women (and eventually their husbands and single men) in her colony without the training from her mother.

This book is authored by Eve LaPlante. She is the the direct descendant of Ann Hutchinson. The name “Jezebel” was originally given to Hutchinson by the first governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop. It was intended as a slur. Given her outspoken nature in religious matters, by comparing Hutchinson to the biblical queen who praised Phoenician gods, Winthrop wanted to portray her as a false prophet in the eyes of the colonists and ministers alike.