Apr. 3rd, 2011

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  Some Cantabrigians believe that Anne Hutchinson, the religious dissenter who was among the first prominent settlers of Rhode Island, should also be credited with causing the Puritans to found Harvard. The General Court of Massachusetts decreed that there would be a school, then called “the College at New Towne,” in 1636. Anne Hutchinson's trial by the church leaders did not begin until 1637. However, until 1638, the school had no buildings, professors, or courses; it was merely an idea. That year, the year that John Harvard willed his library and half his fortune to the school, the first building was erected. Was Anne Hutchinson responsible for the transformation from idea to reality? The short answer, although some find it surprising, is yes. Of course, as with almost every historical question, the full story is more nuanced than yes or no.
 
Part 1 of this two-part series will look at who Anne Hutchinson was and what she believed.

... read more at cambridgeconsidered.blogspot.com/2011/04/anne-hutchinson-heretic.html

My blog is back from a one-month vacation! I'm probably going to do a few extra posts in the next month to make up for lost time. Also, I'm going to be transitioning away from announcing all of my posts on my own FB and LJ pages, and start making the announcements on the blog's own FB page: www.facebook.com/pages/Cambridge-MA/Cambridge-Considered-the-colorful-history-of-Cambridge-MA/149709118423077

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