Anne Hutchinson and John Winthrop
Many early pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution in Europe. Some, like Anne Hutchinson, discovered such oppression was just as pervasive in the Massachusetts Bay colony governed by John Winthrop. Hutchinson preached that individuals could achieve a relationship with God without the Church, and the aggressively Puritan Winthrop was not into that idea at all. He became scared silly over Hutchinson's growing popularity and brought her to trial for heresy, where she behaved like an utter badass by saying, "you have no power over my body, neither can you do me no harm." Sadly, Winthrop won out, and Hutchinson was banished from Boston in 1638.