Mon
6

History HiJinks Book Club: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty, by John M. Barry

Monday, October 6, 2014

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2014-10-06 19:00 - 20:15

A revelatory look at how Roger Williams shaped the nature of religion, political power, and individual rights in America.

"Barry now turns his meticulous hand to the origins of two fundamental and perpetual American fixations: the conflict between church and state and that between the power of the state and the conscience of the citizen... Present-day implications of an elemental clash of ideas may hover over every page, yet the vital drama of Barry’s story emblazons two competing visions of American destiny: John Winthrop’s “city on a hill” vs. Williams’s community of conscience. As Barry shows well and often prophetically, the national soul formed out of that drama remains a troubled, and occasionally tortured, one."
The Washington Post

John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won several dozen awards. In 2005 the National Academies of Science named The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history, a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year's outstanding book on science or medicine. In 1998 Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, won the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for the year's best book of American history. His latest book is Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty, which has been named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, awarded late spring 2013.

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours.

Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

Signups closed for this Event