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. Axtell, James. White Indians of Colonial America. Galleon: Fairfield, WA. 1991. Order from Amazon.com

    A local-imprint book with many details of early colonists who were abducted by the native Indians and chose to remain with them. The central thesis is that Indian life was far more Christian in practice than colonial life.
  2. Bailey, Kent P., and True, Ransom B.. A Guide to Seventeenth-Century Virginia Court Handwriting. Virginia Genealogical Society: Richmond, VA. 2001.

  3. Bailyn, Bernard. The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA. 1955. Order from Amazon.com

    A social history of early New England, focusing on the marketplace, rather than the Puritan religion.
  4. Baker, Emerson W.. The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft & Conflict in Early New England. Palgrave: New York. 2007. Order from Amazon.com

    A study of the 1682 case of "lithobolia" in New Hampshire.
  5. Baker, Emerson W. & Reid, John G.. The New England Knight: Sir William Phips, 1651-1695. University of Toronto Press: Toronto. 1998. Order from Amazon.com

    Well-researched biography of the Massachusetts colonial governor during the Salem witch-hunt and the second Indian War (a.k.a. "King William's War")
  6. Banks, Charles Edward. The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640. Reprint. Originally published: Boston, 1930. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore, MD. 1997. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Barstow, Anne Llewellyn. Witchcraze: A New History of the European Witch Hunts. Harper: New York. 1994. Order from Amazon.com


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