The 2019 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, May 1st when James Warren discusses his new book, God, War, and Providence: The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England. In God, War, and Providence, Warren tells the remarkable and little-known story of the alliance between Roger Williams’ 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 and vividly written, this account of the Narragansetts’ courageous resistance campaign, aided by Williams, serves as a telling precedent for white-Native American encounters along the North American frontier for the next 250 years.
James A. Warren is a former visiting scholar in the American Studies Department at Brown University. A regular contributor to The Daily Beast, Warren is also the author of Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam; and American Spartans: The United States Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq, among other books. His articles have appeared in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vietnam Magazine, Society, and The Providence Journal. For many years Warren was an acquisitions editor in the fields of history, religion, and ethnic studies at Columbia University Press.
Members Free; Non-members $10. Reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 6:00 pm. Please call to be put on the waiting list, 847-0292.