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Roger Williams

Author: Edwin S Gaustad
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Lives and legacies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 of Roger Williams, offers an authoritative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Church history
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gaustad, Edwin S. (Edwin Scott).
Roger Williams.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607560333
Named Person: Roger Williams; Roger Williams; Roger Williams; Roger (Theologe) Williams
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin S Gaustad
ISBN: 019518369X 9780195183696
OCLC Number: 56894490
Description: x, 150 pages : illustrations, 1 map.
Contents: The restless Puritan --
With the native Americans --
Founder of Rhode Island --
A new dispensation --
The champion of religious liberty --
Roger Williams and America.
Series Title: Lives and legacies.
Responsibility: Edwin S. Gaustad.
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A biography, exploring the life of Roger Williams: first champion for the separation of church and state, advocate for a Native American population abused by British colonists, cofounder of the  Read more...

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In 1635, Williams founded Rhode Island as a haven of toleration and freethinking. Gaustad's timely little book reminds us that those are the enduring foundations of American civilization. * Time Read more...

 
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