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. Demos, John. Remarkable Providences: Readings in Early American History. Revised edition Northeastern: Boston. 1991. Order from Amazon.com

    An amazing set of 17th and early 18th century transcribed primary sources by one of the premiere colonial historians.
  2. Demos, John Putnam. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. Oxford University Press: New York. 1982. Order from Amazon.com

    Demos first describes the physical setting -- the colonists' possessions, consumables, clothing and houses -- and the personal relationships that existed within households. He concludes with a psychoanalytical developmental analysis of the typical colonist's "life cycle," based on the 8-cycles-of-man theory of Erik Erikson.
  3. Demos, John Putnam. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. Oxford University Press: New York. 1982. Order from Amazon.com

    Demos starts with a demographic study of who was accused of witchcraft in colonial times, then does readings from psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives.
  4. Demos, John Putnam. The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. Random House: New York. 1994. Order from Amazon.com

    National Book Award Winner
  5. Derounian-Stodola, Kathryn Zabelle, ed.. Women's Indian Captivity Narratives. Penguin: New York. 1998. Order from Amazon.com

  6. Dow, George Francis. Everyday Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Reprint of the 1935 edition. Dover: New York. 1988. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Drake, Samuel G.. Annals of Witchcraft in New England and Elsewhere in the United States. Facsimile reprint Kessinger: . 0000. Order from Amazon.com


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