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By Edwin S. Gaustad

Roger Williams chronicles the lifetime of probably the most extraordinary forefathers in American background. a real progressive, this religious Puritan championed local American rights; wrote treatises on equivalent rights, flag desecration, and the separation of church and kingdom; verified the 1st American payment according to overall spiritual toleration--and he lived greater than a century earlier than independence, while the US used to be nonetheless an unlimited barren region! Williams went directly to undertake grownup baptism and based the 1st Baptist church in the US. He turned president of Rhode Island colony in 1654, served as captain within the safety of windfall in the course of King Philip's battle, and persevered to jot down and pontificate passionately for non secular tolerance and local American rights till his dying in 1683.

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Williams hoped that at this point quiet would settle on the country. He hoped in vain. For now, to complicate matters enormously, the Wampanoags moved to forge an alliance with the much larger, much stronger Narragansets—the old friends and trading partners of Roger Williams. The Massachusetts colony, upon hearing of this possibility, grew greatly alarmed. Representatives of the governor hurried to Providence to enlist Williams in a hastily arranged parley to keep the Narragansets at peace. ” Had Williams succeeded again?

These were the people who had first sold land to Roger Williams, land that he later abandoned because it was within the borders of the Plymouth Colony. That was in 1636. Now, in the 1670s, rumors flew of Indian plots involving an armed attack 50 W I T H T H E N AT I V E A M E R I C A N S against the English. When Metacomet worried and antagoIn the bloodiest nized the English, Williams was once more called upon to conflict by far between take up his familiar role as diplomat and negotiator. At one the English and the point, he even gave himself up to the Wampanoags as a Indians, King Phillip’s hostage to assure them that the Plymouth Colony would War, the English were return their leader safely.

For the most part, Indian women bore their young without pain or complaint. Williams explained this first in terms of their hardy constitutions and second because of their continuous, heavy physical labors. ” Indians uniformly honored the marriage bed, having no understanding of a religious demand for priests to remain unmarried. Describing the physical bodies of the Indians, Williams made the point that all humankind was one. ” This, of course, had implications for the relationships that should exist between peoples of different cultures or races, implications that found this poetic expression: Boast not proud English, of thy birth and blood, Thy brother Indian is by birth as Good.

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