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. Briggs, Robin. Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft. Penguin: New York. 1996. Order from Amazon.com

  2. Brown, David C.. A Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692. David C. Brown: Washington Crossing, PA. 1984. Order from Amazon.com

    This self-published book tells the tale, but more importantly, gives descriptions of over forty sites and memorials related to the trials which are still in existence in Essex County.
  3. Burr, George Lincoln, ed.. Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706. Scribner's: New York. 1914. Order from Amazon.com

    An amazing collection of texts and excerpts from contemporary accounts, including the Mathers, Hale, Calef, and others.
  4. Calloway, Colin G.. Dawnland Encounters: Indians and Europeans in Northern New England. University Press of New England: Hanover, NH. 1991. Order from Amazon.com

  5. Calloway, Colin G.. North Country Captives: Selected Narratives of Indian Captivity from Vermont and New Hampshire. New England: Hanover, NH. 1992. Order from Amazon.com

    Includes narratives of Nehemiah How, Mary Fowler, Isabella McCoy, Captain Phineas Stevens, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Jemima Howe, Zadock Steele, and George Avery.
  6. Calloway, Colin G., ed.. After King Philip's War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England. New England: Hanover, NH. 1997. Order from Amazon.com

    Includes ten essays about post-1676 New England native peoples, including a terrific introduction by the editor. Extensive bibliographies are included with each essay.
  7. Calvert, Karin. Children in the House: The Material Culture of Early Childhood, 1600-1900. Northeastern University Press: Boston, MA. 1992. Order from Amazon.com

    Part I, "The Inchoate Adult: 1600-1750" -- deals with the primary texts/objects which give a picture of how children were treated and perceived in the colonial era.

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