Roger Williams

Roger Williams The founder of Rhode Island and of the first Baptist Church in America an original and passionate advocate for religious freedom a rare New England colonist who befriended Native Americans and took

  • Title: Roger Williams
  • Author: Edwin S. Gaustad
  • ISBN: 9780195183696
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The founder of Rhode Island and of the first Baptist Church in America, an original and passionate advocate for religious freedom, a rare New England colonist who befriended Native Americans and took seriously their culture and their legal rights, Roger Williams is the forgotten giant among the first English colonists Now, Edwin S Gaustad, a leading expert on the life ofThe founder of Rhode Island and of the first Baptist Church in America, an original and passionate advocate for religious freedom, a rare New England colonist who befriended Native Americans and took seriously their culture and their legal rights, Roger Williams is the forgotten giant among the first English colonists Now, Edwin S Gaustad, a leading expert on the life of Roger Williams, offers a vividly written and authoritative biography of the most far seeing of the early settlers the first such biography written for a general audience Readers follow Roger and Mary Williams on their 1631 journey to Boston, where he soon became embroiled in many controversies, most notably, his claim that the colonists had unjustly taken Native American lands and his argument that civil authorities could not enforce religious duties Soon banished for these troubling if farsighted views, Williams wandered for fourteen weeks in bitter snow until he bought land from the Narragansett Indians and founded Providence, which soon became a sanctuary for religious freedom and a refuge for dissenters of all stripes The book discusses Williams journey back to London, where he sought legal recognition of his colony, spread his enlightened views on Native Americans, and alongside John Milton fought passionately for religious freedom Gaustad also describes how the royal charter of Rhode Island, obtained by Williams in 1663, would become the blueprint of religious freedom for many other colonies and a foundation stone for the First Amendment Here then is a vibrant portrait of a great American who is truly worthy of remembrance.

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  • I have always been interested in the Roger Williams, who is the founding father of the state in which I live (Rhode Island). He is one of those interesting figures of history that left a legacy while also having major points of their lives, such as birth and death, lost to time. This was a short, but interesting, work by a professor emeritus of the University of California at Riverside. Williams was an Englishman who went to Oxford to become a minister before making his way to the Massachusetts [...]


  • Interesting short read on Roger Williams. Williams was the father (at least in America) of the concept of religious freedom. He started the city of Providence, got the charter for Rhode Island, and founded the first Baptist church in America. He befriended the Indians, wrote about them, and actually purchased land from them for Providence. He believed in the liberty of conscience for all men, no matter of what religion or even lack of religion. He also was a staunch advocate of the complete sepa [...]


  • Having been referred to me, this book became a priority to begin. After beginning it, the priority became completing it as quickly as possible. Edwin Gaustad writes compellingly concerning Williams even without a plethora of biographical data. More to the point the author relates Williams understanding of "the liberty of conscience" in a readily accessible way. I was intrigued to find that my Baptist roots follow a course through Rhode Island more so than Massachusetts.


  • This is a wonderful first-read on the life of Roger Williams. It is well-researched without being overly academic. Great book!


  • Roger Williams was pretty much America's original lefty loony fringe. Biographers don't know many facts about his life, but a good bit of his published work and correspondence have survived and that's what this slender biography builds on. The main focus is on his struggle to establish a civil government with true freedom of religion - or even to get people to understand that this was something worth having and would not lead to a complete breakdown of public order. There's a nice chapter at the [...]


  • Even though it is listed as "juvenile literature," I thought that this was a great book. There were definitions of some difficult words, which I did not need, and there were quite a few pictures, which only enhanced the well-written prose, but the life and work of Williams is by no means "dumbed down." Roger Williams has long been one of my heroes, and after reading this book I am even more appreciative of his beliefs about religious freedom and his efforts to insure religious freedom in Rhode I [...]


  • Unfortunately, only Rhode Islanders and early Colonial history buffs are likely to read this book. It's a good portrayal, though, of the founder of the Providence colony, and how the principles that Willaims and his followers lived by affected later American Revolutionary thinking, especially where the freedom of religion was concerned.


  • a nice, short introduction to the fascinating founder of rhode island. it seems to have been written for a younger reader though. maybe high school or freshmen in college. he explains simple concepts like a dowry or what a 'tract' of land is. rather strange. but a nice intro to the man nonetheless. i'm going to seek out a more substantial biography now.


  • A nice short biography of America's first Baptist. More than that, the idea of religious liberty that seems so American to us started with Williams. However, Williams felt that church and state should be separate in order to protect the "garden" of the church from the "wildneress" of the state.


  • Engrossing book about the origins of the separation of church and state in America. Loved the section detailing the influence of both Francis Bacon and Sir Edward Coke on Roger Williams ideas.


  • Now that I live in Rhode Island, I figured I should learn about its venerated founder. What an interesting man!


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