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. Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. Farrar: New York. 1983. Order from Amazon.com

    Cronon's assessment of what the actual landscape was like during this period of transition is fascinating, detaling the change in how the land was used and what the implications were for both the land and the growing colonial economy.
  2. Cummings, Abbott Lowell. The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725. Harvard University Press: Camrbidge, MA. 1979. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Cusack, Bridget, Ed.. Everyday English 1500-1700: A Reader. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. 1998.

    Linguistic transcriptions of 64 manuscripts in 8 genres in early modern English.
  4. Daly, Donald R. . The Tryal of Bridget Bishop: A transcript of the Salem Witchcraft Trials. New England & Virginia: Salem, MA. 1993.

    This is just a little pamphlet with transcripts from the proceedings, specifically about Bridget Bishop.
  5. Daniels, Bruce C.. Puritans at Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England. St. Martin's: New York. 1995. Order from Amazon.com

    Despite the title, the span of time covers 17th to 19th centuries.
  6. Deetz, James. In Small Things Forgotten: The Archaeology of Early American Life. Doubleday: New York. 1977. Order from Amazon.com

    A new, revised edition of this book became available in 1996.
  7. Deetz, James, and Deetz, Patricia Scott. The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love & Death in the Plymouth Colony. Random House: New York. 2000. Order from Amazon.com

    Debunking the myths we have of our Pilgrim forefathers and -mothers, based on primary sources and first-hand accounts.

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