|American Women Through Time|
Go to: II. RESEARCH SOURCES (Historical Overviews, Primary Sources, and Secondary Sources)
1607 Colonization of Jamestown begins.
1608 The first English women arrive in Jamestown.
1613 Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.
The Plymouth Colony begins with the landing of the Mayflower at Cape
1628 Slavery is introduced in Manhattan by the Dutch.
Anne Hutchinson is excommunicated from the church and is banished from
Listen to American Jezebel [ National Public Radio, 19 March 2004], an interview with Eva LaPlante, author of American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defeated the Puritans (Harper, 2004).
1650 Anne Bradstreet: America's First Poet includes an interview with poet Charlotte Gordon, author of Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet.
1651 Norton, Mary Beth. Sex, Religion, and Society in Early America; or, a 17th-Century Maryland Menage a Trois and its Consequences [lecture online]. Talking History, 14 September 2000. Available from: http://www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/arch2000july-december.html.
1654 Jewish passengers on the ship St. Cathrien arrive
in New Amsterdam,
marking the beginning of Jewish communal life in North America.
Mary Dyer is convicted and executed for practicing her Quaker faith.
1675 Jury Finds Mary Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft, May 13, 1675 [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities]
1675 A Puritan Maiden's Diary, 1675 [Pages from Her Story, Library of Congress]
1682 Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative is published.
1692 Salem witch trials.
Elizabeth Reis discusses Women and Witchcraft in Colonial Salem, Massachusetts in a Talking History [October 29, 1998] interview.
Trials Documentary Archive [Benjamin Ray and The University of
Treckel, Paula A. To Comfort the Heart: Women in
America. New York: Twayne, 1996, 267p.
The Pilgrim Hall Museum web site includes portraits of Elizabeth Paddy Wensley and Penelope Pelham Winslow, as well as Painted Pilgrims: A Curriculum Unit for Grades 6-12.
Primary Source Collections
Berkin, Carol, and Leslie Horowitz, eds. Women's Voices, Women's
Lives: Documents in Early American History. Boston: Northeastern
University Press, 1998.
Woloch, Nancy, ed. Early American Women: A Documentary History,
1600-1900. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
Secondary SourcesThe database America: History & Life offers a simple option for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time period. For instance, if you are searching for articles that cover the 1600s, enter 1600h in the "Time Period" row of the search screen. See America: History & Life: Searching by Time Period for an example using another time period.
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