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. Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. Penguin: New York. 1996. Order from Amazon.com

    This is the screenplay Miller wrote in the 1990s based on his stage play from the 1950s.
  2. Miller, Arthur. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts. Penguin: New York. 1976. Order from Amazon.com

    This is the famous play, based VERY loosely on the Salem Witchcraft Trials -- it's less about what really happened and more a story of a spurned teenager bent on revenge. Ho hum.
  3. Miller, Perry. The New England Mind: From Colony to Province. Harvard University: Cambridge, MA. 1953. Order from Amazon.com

  4. Miller, Perry. The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century. Harvard University: Cambridge, MA. 1939. Order from Amazon.com

  5. Monaghan, E. Jennifer. Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America. Massachusetts: Amherst. 2005. Order from Amazon.com

  6. Moody, Robert Earle, and Simmons, Richard Clive, eds.. The Glorious Revolution in Massachusetts: Selected Documents, 1689-1692. Colonial Society of Massachusetts: Boston. 1988. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Mossiker, Frances. Pocahontas: The Life and The Legend. DaCapo: New York. 1996. Order from Amazon.com


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