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The Creation of the American Soul

John M. Barry

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ISBN 10: 0715644246 / ISBN 13: 9780715644249
Published by Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 2012
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Title: The Creation of the American Soul

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

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Roger Williams was the first to describe individual liberty in modern terms - a huge influence on men such as Oliver Cromwell, John Milton and John Locke. His story has a backdrop of intellectual, political, religious and social upheaval which led to the writing of the King James Bible, the civil war, revolution, and the beheading of the king of England. Influenced by the great jurist Edward Coke and his mortal enemy, Francis Bacon, Williams developed concepts of individual rights and limits on state power as well as an understanding of the world through evidence, rather than belief or predisposition. In this way, an 'altogether revolutionary' point of view was produced. At this time America saw efforts to establish a society based upon such beliefs. Award-winning author John M. Barry examines the origins of both the relationship between church and the state, and the balance between rights of the individual versus the power of the state. Williams insisted that there should be a wall of separation between the church and the state and that the government receive its power from and be controlled by its citizens. Banished and threatened by death for such views, Williams founded Providence, a society in Rhode Island, where he continued to shape his ideas - one hundred and fifty years before many of them were realised by Thomas Jefferson.

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John M. Barry is the author of the acclaimed The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History and received the Keck Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Another notable title Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America was the recipient of the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. He lives in New Orleans and Washington D.C.

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