17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials

A 17th Century Colonial New England Bibliography

This is a sometimes-annotated bibliography of the books in my personal reference library as I research 17th century colonial New England. There are a lot about the Salem witch-hunt, Puritan thought, and Anglo-Indian contact, but also a few odds and ends that make sense to me to have on hand. Please note: I do not lend books. To anyone. Most of these titles can be borrowed from any good public or university library. If you want to purchase a copy of any of these titles, I have included direct links to Amazon.com for all but a handful of out-of-print or hard-to-find local imprint titles. To print out the whole bibliography, please use the printer-friendly version to save paper.

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Abbot | Axtell | Begiebing | Boyer | Breitwieser | Briggs | Carlson | Cronon | Demos | Earhart
Francis | Gildrie | Greven | Hall | Hill | Jackson | Kramer | Lockridge | Mather | Miller
Nevins | Powell | Robinson | Rowlandson | Sewall | Starkey | Thompson | VanDerBeets | Weisman | Winslow


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  1. Lockridge, Kenneth A.. A New England Town The First Hundred Years: Dedham, Massachusetts, 1636-1736. Enlarged edition. Norton: New York. 1985. Order from Amazon.com

  2. Lockridge, Kenneth A.. Literacy in Colonial New England; An Enquiry into the Social Context of Literacy in the Early Modern West. Norton: New York. 1974. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Ludwig, Allen I.. Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols,1650-1815. Third edition. University Press of New England: Hanover, NH. 1999. Order from Amazon.com

  4. Malone, Patrick M.. The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics Among the New England Indians. Johns Hopkins: Baltimore. 1991. Order from Amazon.com

  5. Mandell, Daniel R.. Behind the Frontier: Indians in Eighteenth-Century Eastern Massachusetts. University of Nebraska: Lincoln, NB. 1996. Order from Amazon.com

    This book actually covers the period from 1676 (after King Philip's War) to 1776 (the American Revolution). Most of the information comes from colonial records of dealings with the indigenous peoples in the Plymouth colony, south of Boston and on the Cape.
  6. Mappen, Marc, ed.. Witches ∓ Historians: Interpretations of Salem. 2nd Edition. Keiger: Malabar, FL. 1996. Order from Amazon.com

    This slim volume contains 17 essays by the top scholars and comentators over several generations on 17th century colonial New England, witchcraft, and the Salem trials: John Fiske, Lawrence Stone, Cotton Mather, Robert Calef, John Hale, Charles W. Upham, Chadwick Hansen, Ernest Caulfield, Linnda Caporael, Nicholas P. Spanos ∓ Jack Gottlieb, George Kittredge, Perry Miller, John Demos, Kai T. Erikson, Paul Boyer & Stephen Nissenbaum, Carol F. Karlsen, and Richard Godbeer. If you're going to pick up just one book of commentary, go with this one.
  7. Martin, John Frederick. Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century. University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC. 2001. Order from Amazon.com


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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, My email address.