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. Thompson, Roger. Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649-1699. University of Massachusetts Press: Amherst, MA. 1986. Order from Amazon.com

  2. Thornton, Tamara Plakins. Handwriting in America: A Cultural History. Yale: New Haven. 1996. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Trask, Richard B.. "The Devil hath been raised": A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692. Revised edition. Yeoman Press: Danvers, MA. 1997. Order from Amazon.com

    This second edition includes 17 newly located witchcraft documents.
  4. Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. Random House: New York. 1990. Order from Amazon.com

  5. Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England 1650-1750. Oxford Universoity Press: New York. 1982. Order from Amazon.com

    Ulrich provides a rich account of what life was like for women during this time period.
  6. Upham, Charles W.. Salem Witchcraft. Reprint from the 1867 edition, in two volumes. Dover Publications: Mineola, NY. 2000. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Upton, Gilbert. The Devil and George Burroughs. Wordwright: London. 1997. Order from Amazon.com


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