Thursday, January 12, 2012

John M Barry on Rhode Island Founder Roger Williams

John M. Barry speaks at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University on January 11, 2012 about his new book Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. Using Roger Williams as his focus, Barry speaks about the intellectual forces that drove Williams to found Rhode Island as the first government on Earth that guaranteed freedom of conscience for people of all religion and people of no religion. 

This is especially important given the present battles in Rhode Island and the United States over the separation of church and state.

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