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The Hutchinson Players


The word literally means 'against the law'. It was used to describe Anne Hutchinson and her followers in a derogatory manner and had connotations of licentious behavior and heretical doctrine.

puritan vs Puritan
The word puritan is used in a general sense to describe intangible characteristics such as character, conscious leanings or allegiance to certain religious beliefs as opposed to Puritan which implies something distinctly set such as membership in an organization or establishment. The puritans were in agreement about the need for further cleansing of the church institutions through evangelical means and held a basic set of common beliefs, but there was never an official institution of puritanism.

Puritan Beliefs

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Credits & Sources


Adair, John. Puritans: Religion and Politics in Seventeenth Century England and America. Gloucestershire: Sutton Limited, 1998.

Bremer, Francis J. John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father. New York: Oxford UP, 2003.

Gordis, Lisa M. Opening Scripture: Bible Reading and Interpretive Authority in Puritan New England. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago P, 2003.

LaPlante, Eve. American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans. New York: Harper, 2004.

Leonardo, Bianca, and Winifred K. Rugg. Anne Hutchinson: Unsung Heroine of History. Joshua Tree, CA: Tree of Life Publications, n.d.

Saxton, Martha. being good: Women's Moral Values in Early America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003.

The Journal of John Winthrop 1630-1649. Ed. Richard S. Dunn, and Laetitia Yeandle. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1996.

Breen, Louise A. Transgressing the Bounds, Subversive Enterprises among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.

Foster, Stephen. The Long Argument, English Puritanism and the Shaping of New England Culture, 1570-1700. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

The Antinomian Controversy, 1636-1638. Ed. David D. Hall. Durham: Duke UP, 1990.

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