Humanities Event

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
In November 1637, Anne Hutchinson stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court. The 46-year-old midwife and Puritan leader, pregnant with her sixteenth child, parried their every charge of heresy and sedition. In a period when a woman could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, Hutchinson showed remarkable political power, prompting Governor John Winthrop to deride her as "this American Jezebel." Hear from her descendant, Eve LaPlante, as she presents on her definitive biography that captures Hutchinson's life in all its complexity, presenting a riveting portrait of early America. Moving from Hutchinson's dramatic courtroom battles to her banishment in Rhode Island, where she became the only woman ever to found an American colony, LaPlante will shed light on the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with a book signing at 6:45 pm (note: cash or check only) followed by the lecture beginning at 7 pm.