The Governor Called Her a Jezebel

Nina Sankovitch
Nov 19, 2019 · 4 min read

Anne Hutchinson is a fascinating figure in American history, a polarizing firebrand and iconoclast who rebelled against the leading authorities of her time and was excoriated, vilified, prosecuted and condemned for speaking out against the powers that be. Sound familiar? The fact that she was interrogated by forty overbearing and close-minded men only underscores the similarities between today, and her experience more than four hundred years in the past. John Winthrop, the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, went so far as to call Hutchinson a “jezebel,” and her other accusers claimed she…