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. Nevins, Winfield S.. The Witches of Salem. Reprinted from 1892 edition. Longmeadow: Stamford, CT. 1994. Order from Amazon.com

  2. Norton, Mary Beth. Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. Alfred Knopf: New York. 1996. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Norton, Mary Beth. In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. Alfred Knopf: New York. 2002. Order from Amazon.com

    The first book-length treatment of the human connections between the concurrent war with the Indians in Maine and the Salem witchcraft trials. A must-read!
  4. Nye, Russel B., and Grabo, Norman S., eds.. American Thought and Writing, Volume One: The Colonial Period. Riverside Editions A77 Houghton-Mifflin: Boston. 1965.

  5. Patton, Anthony S.. A Doctor's Dilemma: William Griggs & The Salem Witch Trials. Salem Witch Museum: Salem, MA. 1998.

  6. Phillips, James Duncan. Salem in the Seventeenth Century. Visitors' edition. Houghton-Mifflin: Boston. 1933.

  7. Piersen, William D.. Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro-American Subculture in Eighteen-Century New England. University of Massachusetts: Amherst, MA. 1988. Order from Amazon.com

    This book includes population figures for black Africans in New England, claiming that in 1690, there were only 400 in Massachusetts, and in 1700, there were 800, in both cases equaling only 1% of the immigrant population. The bulk of this book is about the 18th century, but it does lay its historical foundation with some information about the 17th.

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