You Go Girl–Anne Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson soundly defeats John Winthrop in court on the first day of her trial. She was forty-six at the time and advanced in her fifteenth pregnancy” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Hutchinson). Though advertising and the media have turned the phrase “You go girl” into a cliche, Anne Hutchinson demands and earns our admiration in this era.  So, too, did Hawthorne have her haunt two generations later the opening chapter [be sure to read the footnotes!] of The Scarlet Letter.  (You should know, too, that Hawthorne did not always admire the achievements of women. He is famous for writing in a letter to his editor about the “damn mob of scribbling women” who were outselling his works!) But that’s another post down the road.

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About bsullivan35

I am an English teacher working with great students at an independent school in Ct.
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