God, war, and providence : the epic struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England

by Warren, James A.,

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The tragic and fascinating history of the first epic struggle between white settlers and Native Americans in the early seventeenth century: "a riveting historical validation of emancipatory impulses frustrated in their own time" ( Booklist , starred review) as determined Narragansett Indians refused to back down and accept English authority.

A devout Puritan minister in seventeenth-century New England, Roger Williams was also a social critic, diplomat, theologian, and politician who fervently believed in tolerance. Yet his orthodox brethren were convinced tolerance fostered anarchy and courted God's wrath. Banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635, Williams purchased land from the Narragansett Indians and laid the foundations for the colony of Rhode Island as a place where Indian and English cultures could flourish side by side, in peace.

As the seventeenth century wore on, a steadily deepening antagonism developed between an expansionist, aggressive Puritan culture and an increasingly vulnerable, politically divided Indian population. Indian tribes that had been at the center of the New England communities found themselves shunted off to the margins of the region. By the 1660s, all the major Indian peoples in southern New England had come to accept English authority, either tacitly or explicitly. All, except one: the Narragansetts.

In God, War, and Providence "James A. Warren transforms what could have been merely a Pilgrim version of cowboys and Indians into a sharp study of cultural contrast...a well-researched cameo of early America" ( The Wall Street Journal ). He explores the remarkable and little-known story of the alliance between Roger Williams's Rhode Island and the Narragansett Indians, and how they joined forces to retain their autonomy and their distinctive ways of life against Puritan encroachment. Deeply researched, "Warren's well-written monograph contains a great deal of insight into the tactics of war on the frontier" ( Library Journal ) and serves as a telling precedent for white-Native American encounters along the North American frontier for the next 250 years.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In the long and sorrowful history of Native American resistance to white encroachment, no episode raises more perplexing questions than that in which the Narragansett tribe forged a seventeenth-century alliance with the white religious dissidents of Rhode Island for their mutual protection against New England's Puritans. Warren answers many of these questions by illuminating the contrast between the bellicose Puritan clerics eager to interpret scripture as a warrant for dispossessing Native peoples and the irenic Roger Williams, an independent-minded preacher who recognized in the Bible a divine commandment to befriend, empathize with, and protect those Native peoples. Banished from Massachusetts for his heterodoxy, Williams creates in Rhode Island not only a religious haven for white heretics but also a political shield for the Narragansetts, who had sold him the land for his iconoclastic enterprise. Culminating in the horrifying bloodshed of King Philip's War, the improbable allies' long struggle against Puritan machinations will give readers many reasons to admire Williams for his devotion to peace through conscience, to applaud the Narragansetts for their brave determination to remain free. But the compelling narrative ultimately plays out the tragic inevitabilities inherent in the Puritans' military might. A riveting historical validation of emancipatory impulses frustrated in their own time.--Christensen, Bryce Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this straightforward account of colonial New England, Warren (American Spartans) brings new attention to the alliance between the Narragansett Indians and the Baptist minister Roger Williams's Rhode Island settlement. Each community faced antagonism from Puritan leaders, who viewed Native Americans as culturally inferior and rejected Williams's efforts to increase religious liberty and to separate church and state. As Warren shows, Williams was intensely interested in Native traditions and beliefs, which he found to be more moral than those of most English settlers. In his writings and political work, Williams sought to inculcate respect for cultural difference, often acting as a mediator between Puritan and Narragansett communities. Although Warren claims that Williams and the Narragansett engaged in joint struggle against the Puritans, it's Williams who receives the most attention and is most fully developed here. Readers wanting to learn more about Native resistance and its culmination in the mid-17th-century King Philip's War may wish to look elsewhere, but Warren's book provides a good introduction to key players in Native-settler conflicts, and his clear prose will certainly draw in readers. Agent: John F. Thornton, the Spieler Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Williams, Roger, -- 1604?-1683.
Puritans -- New England -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Narragansett Indians -- Rhode Island -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
King Philip's War, 1675-1676.
Narragansett Region (R.I.) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Rhode Island -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Publisher New York :Scribner,2018
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xiii, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-273) and index.
ISBN 9781501180415
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