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. Rowlandson, Mary. The Captive: An Early American Classic. Originally published in 1682 in Cambridge, MA, by Samuel Green, under the title of The Soverignty and Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed, Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. American Eagle: Tucson, AZ`. 1990. Order from Amazon.com

    Rowlandson's first-hand account of her captivity from Lancaster, MA, during King Philip's War provides a fascinating glimpse into both the mind of a woman during that period and details of Indian life -- both to her contemporaries and to today's reader. Rowlandson's ability to knit turned out to be one of her most valuable assets during her time with the Indians.
  2. Salisbury, Neal. Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643. Oxford University Press: New York . 1982. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Schultz, Eric B., and Touglas, Michael J.. King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict. Countryman Press: Woodstock, VT. 1999. Order from Amazon.com

  4. Scot, Reginald. The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Republication of the 1930 edition. Dover: New York. 1972. Order from Amazon.com

    Scot's attempt, in 1584, to prove that witches did not exist. Reveals a great deal about the practices of the day by describing them to discredit them!
  5. Sebald, Hans. Witch-Children: From the Salem Witch-Hunts to Modern Courtrooms. Prometheus Books: Amherst, NY. 1995. Order from Amazon.com

  6. Segal, Charles M, and Stineback, David C., eds.. Puritans, Indians, & Manifest Destiny. Putnam's: New York. 1977. Order from Amazon.com

    A collection of primary texts.
  7. Sewall, Samuel. Thomas, M. Halsey, ed.. The Diary of Samuel Sewall 1674-1729: Newly Edited from the Manuscript at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Farrar, Straus & Giroux: New York. 1973. Order from Amazon.com


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