Roger Williams Research Paper

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Roger Williams's life is one filled with turmoil and controversy, though he is a person with great significance to American history and the writing of this land. His first publication was called A Key into the Language of America and was the first book to study a Native American language in English. His most famous work, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience, is considered one of the first modern writings to propose a “wall of separation” between church and state, as well as total religious freedom. Some of his other writings also encourage themes such as: democracy, abolition, and fair trade with the Native Americans. Roger Williams was born in London some time around 1603, but this date is unverified. We do not know the…show more content…
He was found guilty, and banished from the established colonies. He left the colonies and met with Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe, who agreed to sell him land. Williams named this land “The Island of Rhodes,” and founded his own colony, which he named “Providence.” Providence was one of the first democratic governments in the New World, with the colonists electing a new man each year to reside as leader of the colony, and to preside over the “town hall” style meetings that the colony was governed by. Providence was known for its extreme tolerance, both religious and social. Unfortunately, this attracted several unsavory characters, leading to Rhode Island's nickname “Rogue's Island.” His death in 1683 did not attract a lot of public attention. His ideas and writings went largely unnoticed by the world until America's founding fathers took notice and included several of his ideas into the Declaration of Independence and the U.S.…show more content…
Your land's the wilderness.” You can really tell his disdain for the church-ruled society of the time in this passage. He is saying that these Natives are everything the Christians hate: immodest, and heretical. Even though these Indians are so far from “proper” Christian society, they still act better, to the point where Williams's narrator goes as far as to call the Christians barbarians and pagans. In his other famous work, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience, gives guidelines for how Williams would set up an ideal community of religious freedom. He creates this great metaphor of a boat. On this boat are Baptists, Protestants, Jews, and Turks. He says that they should never “be forced to come to the ship's prayers or worship, nor be compelled from their own prayers or worship.” He states that no religion should be forced on people, nor should they be punished for practicing their own religion. He says that only in the event of someone “refuse to obey the common laws and orders of the ship, concerning their common peace or preservation” should punishment be

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