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Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America (Library of Religious Biography)

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Gaustad skillfully tells the story of Roger Williams: founder of Rhode Island, a defender of religious liberty, and a man of deep religious and political convictions.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Judson Press (first published 1991)
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Shirley
Aug 15, 2008 Shirley rated it it was amazing
someone high school history doesn't teach about
Hands
Apr 13, 2009 Hands rated it liked it
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Roger Williams has never received the credit he deserves for creating a state in which the state would take no action with respect the the free exercise of conscience of its citizens. The book adequately describes the problems he faces in creating a "working" colony eve under threat from Massachusetts and Connecticut not to mention native tribes (although he tried to smooth relations there when possible).

This is a good general biography of RW - I'm now planning to read Perry Miller's book to se
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Jan 15, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed Gaustad's biography of Roger Williams. He was a fascinating man, extremely influential in the principles of religious liberty we take for granted. I found this book easy to understand, highly interesting, and occasionally humorous.
JW
Jun 01, 2008 JW rated it really liked it
This gives a good primer of the religious persecution and freedom to worship that lay at the foundation of this nation. Any one instead in discerning the foundations of the ideology of separation between church and state in America may find this fascinating.
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