John Clarke’s World
March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, Rhode Island author, has co-written a book John Clarke’s World with Judith Crandall Harbold which was released recently in 2018 by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society.
John Clarke, one of the founders of Rhode Island, lived in a world very different from ours, a world of wonders, of religious explanations for natural and social events, of new beginnings and profound dislocation in his native country. This book talk by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg will explore John Clarke’s connections as well as the settings of John Clarke’s life: the village in which he grew up, the towns he helped to found in Rhode Island, and the vast metropolis of London in which he won the Rhode Island Charter of 1663. Against the passionate opposition of Rhode Island’s neighbors, John Clarke’s championship of toleration of religion helped to make it one of America’s core principles.