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Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty


A revelatory look at how Roger Williams shaped the nature of religion, political power, and individual rights in America. This is a story of power, set against Puritan America and the English Civil War. Williams's interactions with King James, Francis Bacon, Oliver Cromwell, and his mentor Edward Coke set his course, but his fundamental ideas came to fruition in America, as Williams, though a Puritan, collided with John Winthrop's vision of his "City upon a Hill."

By John M. Barry. Published by Penguin Books, 2012. 480 pages, softcover.