Poetry Madness
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | March 17, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Peter Stark: The Powells.com Interview



Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
  1. $19.59 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton US History- Colonial America

American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

by

American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans Cover

 

Review-A-Day

"America has never been one nation under God, not even at the very beginning, and no one proved that more definitively than Anne Hutchinson, the Puritan dissident. ....At the dawn of the nation, Hutchinson set the tone for American religion; faith would be the source of furious controversy and hot accusations, a power that binds our people together and a force that tears us apart. Since then, everything — and nothing — has changed." Laura Miller, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

"Eve LaPlante, the author of this fascinating biography and yet another of Hutchinson's illustrious descendants....structures the most engaging half of her biography around the transcript of the first trial.....As she moves through this biting debate, LaPlante brings it alive by effectively explaining the theological arcana, fleshing out the personalities involved, and filling in the relevant history." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Anne Hutchinson, a forty-six- year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court, charged with heresy and sedition. In a time when women could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power. Her unconventional ideas had attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform. Hutchinson defended herself brilliantly, but the judges, faced with a perceived threat to public order, banished her for behaving in a manner not comely for her sex.

Until now, Hutchinson has been a polarizing figure in American history and letters, attracting either disdain or exaltation. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was haunted by the sainted Hutchinson, used her as a model for Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter. Much of the praise for her, however, is muted by a wish to domesticate the heroine: the bronze statue of Hutchinson at the Massachusetts State House depicts a prayerful mother — eyes raised to heaven, a child at her side — rather than a woman of power standing alone before humanity and God. Her detractors, starting with her neighbor John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts, referred to her as the instrument of Satan, the new Eve, the disturber of Israel, a witch, more bold than a man, and Jezebel — the ancient Israeli queen who, on account of her tremendous political power, was the most evil woman in the Bible.

Written by one of Hutchinson's direct descendants, American Jezebel brings both balance and perspective to Hutchinson's story. It captures this American heroine's life in all its complexity, presenting hernot as a religious fanatic, a cardboard feminist, or a raging crank — as some have portrayed her — but as a flesh-and-blood wife, mother, theologian, and political leader.

Opening in a colonial courtroom, American Jezebel moves back in time to Hutchinson's childhood in Elizabethan England, exploring intimate details of her marriage and family life. The book narrates her dramatic expulsion from Massachusetts, after which her judges, still threatened by her challenges, promptly built Harvard College to enforce religious and social orthodoxies — making her midwife to the nation's first college. In exile, she settled Rhode Island (which later merged with Roger Williams's Providence Plantation), becoming the only woman ever to co-found an American colony.

The seeds of the American struggle for women's and human rights can be found in the story of this one woman's courageous life. American Jezebel illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.

Review:

"[A] fast-paced and elegant account...LaPlante's first-rate biography offers glimpses into the life and teachings of a much-neglected figure in early American religious history." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"What true heroes can I tell my students about?...[R]ead LaPlante's biography to make [Hutchinson] and her courage come alive." Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

Review:

"[A] well-researched account...LaPlante paints a fascinating portrait...[and] deftly depicts the gritty world of colonial New England." Booklist

Review:

"[A] powerful biography of a woman who refused to still her voice." Dallas Morning News

Synopsis:

In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a forty-six-year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court, charged with heresy and sedition. In a time when women could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power. Her unconventional ideas had attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform. Hutchinson defended herself brilliantly, but the judges, faced with a perceived threat to public order, banished her for behaving in a manner "not comely for [her] sex."

Written by one of Hutchinson's direct descendants, American Jezebel brings both balance and perspective to Hutchinson's story. It captures this American heroine's life in all its complexity, presenting her not as a religious fanatic, a cardboard feminist, or a raging crank—as some have portrayed her—but as a flesh-and-blood wife, mother, theologian, and political leader. The book narrates her dramatic expulsion from Massachusetts, after which her judges, still threatened by her challenges, promptly built Harvard College to enforce religious and social orthodoxies—making her the mid-wife to the nation's first college. In exile, she settled Rhode Island, becoming the only woman ever to co-found an American colony.

The seeds of the American struggle for women's and human rights can be found in the story of this one woman's courageous life. American Jezebel illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.

Synopsis:

The Dramatic Story of America's Founding Mother

About the Author

Eve LaPlante — a direct descendant of Hutchinson's — has degrees from Princeton and Harvard. She has written for The Atlantic, the New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Gourmet, and Boston Magazine. Her previous book, Seized, was published to critical acclaim in 1993. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060562335
Subtitle:
The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans
Author:
Laplante, Eve
Author:
LaPlante, Eve
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Freedom of religion
Subject:
Puritans
Subject:
Social reformers
Subject:
Antinomianism.
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
99/474
Publication Date:
20040302
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 20.4 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes Used Hardcover $11.95
  2. Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz New Trade Paper $17.95
  3. It's Not about the Bike: My Journey... Used Trade Paper $0.95
  4. Small Wonder: Essays Used Hardcover $6.50
  5. The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes,...
    Used Trade Paper $6.50
  6. Canseco-Keck History #7: Frontier... New Hardcover $23.95

Related Subjects

Biography » Women
History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America

American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.95 In Stock
Product details 336 pages HarperSanFrancisco - English 9780060562335 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "America has never been one nation under God, not even at the very beginning, and no one proved that more definitively than Anne Hutchinson, the Puritan dissident. ....At the dawn of the nation, Hutchinson set the tone for American religion; faith would be the source of furious controversy and hot accusations, a power that binds our people together and a force that tears us apart. Since then, everything — and nothing — has changed." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review A Day" by , "Eve LaPlante, the author of this fascinating biography and yet another of Hutchinson's illustrious descendants....structures the most engaging half of her biography around the transcript of the first trial.....As she moves through this biting debate, LaPlante brings it alive by effectively explaining the theological arcana, fleshing out the personalities involved, and filling in the relevant history." (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Review" by , "[A] fast-paced and elegant account...LaPlante's first-rate biography offers glimpses into the life and teachings of a much-neglected figure in early American religious history."
"Review" by , "What true heroes can I tell my students about?...[R]ead LaPlante's biography to make [Hutchinson] and her courage come alive."
"Review" by , "[A] well-researched account...LaPlante paints a fascinating portrait...[and] deftly depicts the gritty world of colonial New England."
"Review" by , "[A] powerful biography of a woman who refused to still her voice."
"Synopsis" by , In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a forty-six-year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court, charged with heresy and sedition. In a time when women could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power. Her unconventional ideas had attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform. Hutchinson defended herself brilliantly, but the judges, faced with a perceived threat to public order, banished her for behaving in a manner "not comely for [her] sex."

Written by one of Hutchinson's direct descendants, American Jezebel brings both balance and perspective to Hutchinson's story. It captures this American heroine's life in all its complexity, presenting her not as a religious fanatic, a cardboard feminist, or a raging crank—as some have portrayed her—but as a flesh-and-blood wife, mother, theologian, and political leader. The book narrates her dramatic expulsion from Massachusetts, after which her judges, still threatened by her challenges, promptly built Harvard College to enforce religious and social orthodoxies—making her the mid-wife to the nation's first college. In exile, she settled Rhode Island, becoming the only woman ever to co-found an American colony.

The seeds of the American struggle for women's and human rights can be found in the story of this one woman's courageous life. American Jezebel illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.

"Synopsis" by , The Dramatic Story of America's Founding Mother
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.