God, War, And Providence: The Epic Struggle Of Roger Williams And The Narragansett Indians Against The Puritans Of New England
by James Warren
- American History , Best of 2018
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The fight for New England
A devout seventeenth-century New England Puritan minister, Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 for his views on religious tolerance. Williams went on to purchase land from the Narragansett Indians, laying the foundations for the colony of Rhode Island as a place where Indian and English cultures could flourish in peace. As tribes throughout the region succumbed to English dominance, only the Narragansett remained defiant.
James A. Warren tells the remarkable story of how Rhode Island and the Narragansett joined forces to retain their autonomy against aggressive Puritan encroachment. It is at once a taut historical drama and a telling precedent for white-Native American encounters for the next 250 years.
“An engaging history of the long and little-known struggle between the Puritan oligarchy and New England’s most important Indian tribe, in which Roger Williams, America’s first advocate of separation of church and state and religious freedom, played a vital role. Williams established Rhode Island as a refuge from Puritan domination, and a place where Indian and English settlers could live side by side, in peace. Warren’s detailed and readable telling of this story is compelling. If you want to know about the origins of religious diversity and cultural pluralism in America, read this book.” —Chester Gillis, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
“A noted military historian trains his critical sights on Puritan New England, while putting up a staunch defense of Roger Williams, Rhode Island, and the Narragansett Indians. In this compelling story, James Warren portrays Williams as a man of peace in violent times, an intellectual whose ideas were often strikingly modern. Now recognized as a champion of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, Williams also earns Warren’s praise for his pioneering ethnographic research, his fair treatment of Native Americans, and his deft maneuvering to assure the survival of a tiny but tolerant colony.”—Professor Patrick M. Malone, Brown University, author of The Skulking Way of War
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|Release Date:||June 26, 2018|