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Salem as Frontier Outpost: Life in Seventeenth Century Salem Resources and Links

Theme: Salem as Place: Local History in a National Context
Topic: Salem as Frontier Outpost: Life in Seventeenth Century Salem
Date: July 2004

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Resources and Links compiled and annotated by Emerson Baker Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Salem State College (emerson.baker@salemstate.edu) and SALEM in History staff


Annotated Bibiliography

Compiled and annotated by Emerson Baker Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Salem State College (emerson.baker@salemstate.edu) and SALEM in History staff

Baker, Emerson W. "A Scratch with a Bear's Paw: Anglo-Indian Land Deeds in Early Maine," Ethnohistory, 36, no. 3 (1989): 235-256.

Although set in Maine, this article looks at the sort of information you can get from an Anglo-Indian land transaction.

Baker, Emerson W. and John Reid. The New England Knight: Enrichment, Advancement, and the Life of Sir William Phips, 1651-1695. University of Toronto Press, 1998.

This biography of the man who was governor during the Essex County witchcraft outbreak includes a chapter which summarizes the “frontier interpretation” of the events of 1692.

Baker, Emerson W. et al, eds., American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

Includes the chapter by Harley assigned for content session.

Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974.

One of the very best books on Salem witchcraft, offers an interpretation that highlights social and economic factors.

Gildrie, Richard P. Salem, Massachusetts, 1626-1683: A Covenanted Community. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975.

A good scholarly overview of Salem in the seventeenth century.

Norton, Mary Beth. In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002).

The most recent treatment of Salem, a detailed analysis of the “frontier interpretation” of witchcraft.

Perley, Sidney. The Indian Land Titles of Essex County, Massachusetts. Salem: Essex Book and Print Club, 1912.

This volume includes transcripts of all the Native American land sales in the seventeenth century, including the towns of Salem and Lynn.

Perley, Sidney. The History of Salem, Massachusetts. Salem, 1924-28.

This three volume set has very detailed information on early Salem and its residents.

Salisbury, Neal. Manitou and Providence. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

A great analysis of Anglo-Indian relations in New England in the early seventeenth century. It also provides a brief overview of Native Americans in the region before the arrival of Europeans.

Vickers, Daniel. Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

This book is an excellent study of the economics of early Essex County, including Salem.

Weddle, Thomas. “John Tontohqunne, Cicely’s Son” published in The Saugonian, 2002-3.

This paper provides many details about the lives of the Native inhabitants of the Salem and Saugus area in the seventeenth century.

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Reviewed Websites

Compiled and annotated by Emerson Baker Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Salem State College (emerson.baker@salemstate.edu) and SALEM in History staff


Cartographic Creation of New England

This is part of the USM Cartographic library, a great resource for early New England maps.

Colonial House

This is the site for the PBS reality series set in New England in 1628, inspired in part by the 1626 settlement of Salem. Educator’s portion of the site provides both full lesson plans and classroom activities related to the series. These activities and lessons weave both historical content and historical thinking and research skills in creative, active ways. See espectially “Lesson Plan: Everything Was Up to Date in 1628” by Christopher W.Czajka and “A Historian Awakens 1628” by Emerson “Tad” Baker.

Essex County Registry of Deeds - Historic Records On-Line

The first twenty volumes of deeds are on line. Unfortunately, the index is not on line. For suggestions to resesearch deeds in person at the Registry, click here. (pdf file)

Hawthorne In Salem

An amazing resource on Hawthorne, including much on his fascination with early Salem and New England history.

Salem Witch Trials

This University of Viriginia e-text project is a spectacular web site for scholars of the 17th century. It features tons of primary sources on Essex County too!

Seventeenth-Century Colonial New England

with special emphasis on The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692
Margo Burns’s web site is a wonderful starting point to explore this topic.

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