David McCullough's Idea of Character

David McCullough's Idea of Character

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  • Hi My name if David McCullough. I perceive character as someone who rises to the occasion without failure, weakness or sins and one who desires to improve something for the better with nothing but determination. A perfect example of my depiction is Roger Williams. Let me tell you a little bit about him and why he fits my idea of character so beautifully. 
  • Roger Williams was a political and religious leader who was born in London, 1603 during a period of intense religious intolerance. After finishing school in England, he travelled to the Americas in order to join the then famous, Massachusetts Bay Colony, with the initial intent of becoming a missionary. 
  •     In the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the land of the true Native American inhabitants was be stolen from them by the colonists. This meant killing them off and forcing them to move else where. Roger Williams did not agree with these actions and made it very clear within the colony.
  • The  Massachusetts Bay Colony was strictly Puritan and banished anyone who was not of their religion. Although a Puritan himself, Williams did not agree with these viewpoints and felt as if everyone deserved the chance to live freely despite their religion. His radical views involving his disapproval of confiscating Native land and religious freedom earned him the hatred of the church leaders, leading to his banishment as well.
  • Williams and his followers fled to Narragansett Bay where he PURCHASED land from the Native people and established a new colony considered to be a safe haven for Baptists, Quakers, Jews and other religious minorities.
  • Roger Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island and spread his strong stance on the separation of church and state.
  • Roger Williams rose to the occasion. When knocked down by being banished from his home, Williams was determined to find a better land where his morals were embodied instead of letting the situation destroy him. He did not commit sin in the process of achieving his goal by not killing the local natives of Narragansett Bay unlike most colonists. His strong desire to improve the lives of many for the better allowed him not to fail when establishing the colony of Rhode Island. His impact was so influential that William's notion of religious freedom and the separation of church and state inspired the frameworks of the United States Constitution 's Bill of Rights.
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