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. Powell, Sumner Chilton. Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town. Doubleday: New York. 1965. Order from Amazon.com

    Historical profile of the settlement of Sudbury, MA, but a Pultizer-Prize-Winner in History.
  2. Powers, Edwin. Crime and Punishment in Early Massachusetts, 1620-1692: A Documentary History. Beacon Press: Boston. 1966. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Reis, Elizabeth. Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY. 1997. Order from Amazon.com

    An exploration of the cultural construction of gender in 17th century New England
  4. Reis, Elizabeth, ed.. Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America. Scholarly Resources: Wilmington, DE. 1998. Order from Amazon.com

    Anthology of essays and book excerpts, by Carol F. Karlsen, Jane Kamenski, Elizabeth Reis, Bernard Rosenthal, Kenneth P. Minkema, Mathew Dennis, Nell Irvin Painter, David C. Estes, Sidney L. Harring, Starhawk, Cynthia Eller, and Linda Jencson.
  5. Rinaldi, Ann. A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials. Harcourt: New York. 1992. Order from Amazon.com

    Juvenile historical fiction about the witchcraft trials -- the protagonist is Susanna, the daughter of Philip English, who later married the son of Magistrate Hathorne.
  6. Roach, Marilynne K.. A Time Traveler's Maps of the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Sassafras Grove Press: Watertown, MA. 1991.

    A small brochure of maps comparing Salem Village/Danvers and Salem Town in 1692 and 1991
  7. Roach, Marilynne K.. The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Seige. Cooper Square Press: New York. 2002. Order from Amazon.com

    The amazing product of nearly three decades of research, detailing what was happening where on any given day. A remarkable achievement!

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