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OUSD Teaching American History Grant II
May 18, 2006

?The Historiography of the Salem Witchcraft Trials?
Charles Postel, Department of History
California State University, Sacramento

  • Web Links
    * Links active as of May 2006
    Suggest a resource

  • Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive
    Archived documents, maps, and biographies. From the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center.
    http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/

  • Discovery School Salem Witch Site
    Attempts to show what events lead up to Salem as well as the trials themselves concisely. Discusses Puritan religion and beliefs about witchcraft, factions, expectations of children in Puritan society, 6 minute multimedia movie with good images of town, biographies of Cotton Mather, Ann Putnam, Tituba, John Proctor, Mary Easty, and Sarah Good
    http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/salemwitchtrials/

  • Salem Witch Trials
    This site uses historical books as well as primary sources and actual documents to give a representation of the trials. There are many great images as well a section on The Crucible. Another plus, is the bios section.
    http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SALEM.HTM

  • This site answers some commonly asked questions about the trials and witchcraft in the seventeenth century. http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/education/faq.shtml

  • The Salem Witch Trials 1692: A Chronology of Events
    A brief timeline of the events of 1692 in Salem Village
    http://www.salemweb.com/memorial/

  • COTTON MATHER, MEMORABLE PROVIDENCES, RELATING TO
    WITCHCRAFTS AND POSSESSIONS (1689)
    http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASA_MATH.HTM

Books

  • Entertaining Satan : Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England
    by John Putnam Demos link to Amazon

  • The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials by Marion L. Starkey link to Amazon

  • Salem Story : Reading the Witch Trials of 1692 (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture) by Bernard Rosenthal link to Amazon

  • The History of the Colony of Massachusetts-Bay (Research Library of Colonial Americana) by Thomas Hutchinson 1764 link to Google Books

  • Salem Possessed : The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul Boyer, Stephan Nissenbaum link to Amazon

  • The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen link to Amazon

  • Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England by Elizabeth Reis link to Amazon

  • In the Devil's Snare : The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton link to Amazon