Born Anne Marbury in England in 1591, Anne became the wife of William Hutchinson and moved with him and other Puritans to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. There, she began to hold Bible study sessions in her home, and criticize the rigid Puritan hierarchy. Saying she was motivated by an inner spiritual truth, she attracted several followers. Puritan leaders, who felt woman should be totally submissive, called her a heretic and "American Jezebel," and put her on trial for blasphemy. She was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony and moved with followers first to Rhode Island and then to New York. She and many members of her settlement and family were killed in an Indian attack in 1643.
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