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A Storm of Witchcraft
Devil of Great Island
New England Knight
American Beginnings
Clarke & Lake Co.
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Gettysburg Concordance
Salem Witch Trials
Puritan Boston
The Salem Trials and the American Experience  

In 1692 Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history. Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was "a perfect storm": a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since. From Oxford University Press, in their Pivotal Moments in American History series (2014)   ISBN-13: 978-0199890347.

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The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft & Conflict in Early New England     The Devil of Great Island

In 1682, ten years before the infamous Salem witch trials, the town of Great Island, New Hampshire, was plagued by mysterious events: strange, demonic noises; unexplainable movement of objects; and hundreds of stones that rained upon a local tavern and appeared at random inside its walls. Town residents blamed what they called "Lithobolia" or "the stone-throwing devil." In this lively account, Emerson Baker shows how witchcraft hysteria overtook one town and spawned copycat incidents elsewhere in New England, prefiguring the horrors of Salem. In the process, he illuminates a cross-section of colonial society and overturns many popular assumptions about witchcraft in the seventeenth century.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2007)   ISBN-13: 978-1403972071
The New England Knight:
Sir William Phips, 1651-1695
    New England Knight
Co-authored with John Reid, this book is the biography of  the Maine native who would rise from humble origins to become the first American to be knighted by the King of England, and first royal governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Successful treasure hunter, would-be military conquorer, and governor who ended the 1692 Salem witch trials, Sir William Phips led a remarkable life. Published by the University of Toronto Press (1998) ISBN-13: 978-0802081711    
Emerson Baker et als, eds, American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture, and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega     American Beginnings

This illustrated collection of essays examines early Native American contact with European explorers, fishermen, and traders in “Norumbega,” the sixteenth-century name of the Atlantic coast of New England near the Penobscot River in Maine. This coast was the focus of several French and English voyagers seeking a northwest passage and other avenues to riches and treasure. A tacit division gradually emerged: the French concentrated on the region north of the Penobscot and the English on the lands to the south. The 100 illustrations in this book come largely from the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine and include many rare early maps (1500–1800). Ten are reproduced in full color.  University  of Nebraska Press,  1995. ISBN-13: 978-0802081711. Out of Print.

The Clarke & Lake Company: The Historical Archaeology of a Seventeenth Century Maine Settlement     Clarke & Lake Co

The book explores the archaeology of the Clarke and Lake Company headquarters on Arrowsic Island, Maine (1654-1676), and places it in the context of English settlement and trade in the Kennebec region of Maine in the seventeeenth-century. Major Thomas Clarke and Captain Thomas Lake were prominent Puritan merchants of Boston estalished a saw mill, lumber yard, trading post, and farmsteads to provide them with exports to England and the West Indies. Occasional Publications in Maine Archaeology Number Four/ Maine Historic Preservation Commission (1985). ISBN-13: 978-0935447002 Out of print but a PDF is available through the Maine Archaeological Society.

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Lexington & Concord - for iPhone/iPad    

Lexington and Concord

The Battle of Lexington and Concord is a comprehensive and interactive digital reference to the battle that began the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. It also covers the lead up to the battle, starting in January 1775, as well as the aftermath, until early June. It includes over 300 events, drawn from more than 60 primary and secondary sources. The app includes close to 200 individuals who were involved in the battle as well as the  events, from George III and Paul Revere to Captain John Parker of the Lexington militia.

It is a visual database as well, showcasing dozens of images of the participants as well as current photos of the battlefield. Over 100 events of April 18 and 19 from Boston to Concord are geo-referenced. So you can use it as a guide as you trace the activities of “that famous day and year” – either in person, or as an armchair general at home. Backed by rigorous scholarship, each entry includes at least one, and sometimes as many three or four references. 

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Gettysburg Concordance for iPhone/iPad     Gettysburg

A comprehensive digital reference to the Battle of Gettysburg, the most significant battle ever fought in the new world. An indispenable tool for any Civil War enthusiast.  Follow every regiment, brigade, division, corp or army across the region and battlefield in the month leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg; the historic battle; and the following retreat. Track Joshua L. Chamberlain, Robert E. Lee, John F. Reynolds and over 1,300 other individuals.  Read the orders they gave; the engagements they particpated in; the letters they wrote; where they died and when available their photos. Data is displayed on scaleable maps and easy to search tables.  With a few taps one can search and restrict events to a range of dates, one or more units (over 800); by individual and any combination thereof

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The Salem Witch Trials - for iPhone/iPad    


Salem App

The Salem Witch Trials is a comprehensive and interactive digital reference to the largest and most famous witch hunt in American history. It includes over 450 events in the witchcraft crisis of 1692-1693, plus more than 100 events in the years leading up to and also following the trials. The app also includes biographical information on more than 350 individuals, from Reverend Samuel Parris to Rebecca Nurse and Judge Samuel Sewall. Over 200 events are geo-referenced, so you can use it as a guide to trace the activities of 1692-1693. You can even search for accusations of the use of specific acts and aspects of witchcraft from a list of more than forty such crimes, ranging from black cats and spectral attack to references to the devil’s book.

Every event includes references to one or more of the forty primary and secondary sources, used to construct the app. Indeed, the app is designed to serve as a companion to Emerson Baker's A Storm of Witchcraft. The app is a visual database as well, showing over 100 current photos of the sites of 1692, as well as historic sketches and portraits of individuals. So, you can use the guide to visit the events of the witchcraft crisis – either in person, or from the comfort of your home.

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Puritan Boston Tests Democracy
for iPhone/iPad & Android -free download

Puritan Boston Tests Democracy is a comprehensive and interactive digital reference to the first 60 years of Boston’s history. It is a time often overlooked by historians when the Puritans grappled with the ideals that first brought them to America. Here they established the roots of participatory democracy leading to the rise of religious diversity in Boston. The app includes over forty formative events from 1629 to 1691, long before Boston became the cradle of the American Revolution. The app also includes more than 30 sites as well as biographical information on over 30 individuals, from Governor John Winthrop who called upon his fellow colonists to create a society that would be as “a City upon a Hill” to dissenters such as Anne Hutchinson. The events are geo-referenced, so you can use it as a guide to trace activities and follow the story with special tours.

It is a visual database as well, showing current photos of the sites as well as historic sketches and portraits of individuals. You can access original resources with links that take you to sources in the Congregational Library & Archives’ manuscript collection and consult the bibliography. The app is backed by the rigorous research of Dr. Francis J. Bremer, a premier expert on Puritanism in the Atlantic world and prolific author. Working with Dr. Bremer, scholars Margaret Bendroth, Lori Rogers Stokes and Emerson Baker referenced the collections of the Congregational Library & Archives and its partner historical institutions in Boston and relied on multiple resources.

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