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Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John M. Barry
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Jun 19, 12

Read from June 14 to 15, 2012

Roger Williams has always been a personal hero of mine, so this was a great book for me right out of the bat. It doesn't glorify Williams by any means, always careful to point out is flaws, but it also doesn't vilify him or attempt to downplay his importance to the evolution of the separation of church and state and religious tolerance in this country.

One of my favorite things about this book is it doesn't focus exclusively on William in America. There is a thorough background of his relationship with Coke and Bacon and his involvement in the Reformation in England as well.

All around, an excellent book on the subject, and an important one for any student of American history.
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