Colonization of Jamestown begins.
The first English women arrive in Jamestown.
Jamestown site offers a variety of primary sources.
The Laws section includes documents relating to slavery, religion, and Laws
Divine, Moral and Martial - 1612.
The Colonial National Historical Park offers numerous Jamestown Historic
Briefs, including The
Indispensable Role of Women in Virginia and Powhatan Indian
Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.
& Squanto [Digital History]
Marries John Rolfe, 1613 [The Learning Page, Library of Congress]
The Plymouth Colony begins with the landing of the Mayflower at Cape
Background section of the Plimoth
Plantation site offers information about the Wampanoag, the English
colonists, Plymouth Colony, Thanksgiving, recipes, and more.
Slavery is introduced in Manhattan by the Dutch.
Slavery in New York [New
York Historical Society] offers a gallery of images and documents, as well
as an excellent collection of educational materials. Life
Stories: Profiles of Black New Yorkers During Slavery and Emancipation
includes an overview of the life of Dorothy Creole (p. 5-6), one of the
first black women in New Amsterdam.
Leslie Harris and Patrick Rael discuss the importance of slavery to
New York City's development in "Slavery
in New York: Slavery Where? [Talking History, February 23,
2006; audio; 50 min.].
Anne Hutchinson is excommunicated from the church and is banished from
Banished [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the
Hutchinson's testimony is featured on the Puritan
Women page of American
Journeys: Columbus to Kerouac from the University of Virginia Library.
LaPlante, Eva. American
Jezebel [Interview online]. Interviewed by Dick
Gordon. The Connection. National Public Radio, 19 March 2004. Available
LaPlante is the author of American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne
Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defeated the Puritans (Harper, 2004).
Brent (1601-1671), part of the Exploring Maryland's Roots
[Maryland Public Television] site.
Bradstreet: America's First Poet includes an interview with poet
Charlotte Gordon, author of Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of
America's First Poet.
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
Mary Dyer is convicted and executed for practicing her Quaker faith.
Trials: 1659 & 1660, taken from Women's Rights on Trial
(Gale, 1997), offers an overview of the Dyer trials and suggestions for
Jury Finds Mary
Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft, May 13, 1675 [Mass Moments,
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities]
Puritan Maiden's Diary, 1675 [Pages from Her Story, Library of
Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative is published.
Early Canadiana Online offers the 1811 edition of The Captivity and
Deliverance of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, of Lancaster, Who Was Taken by the
French and Indians .
Salem witch trials.
Mary Beth Norton discusses the Salem
Witch Trials in a
Talking History [October 2002] interview.
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.
Pilgrim Hall Museum
The Pilgrim Hall Museum web site includes portraits of Elizabeth Paddy Wensley
and Penelope Pelham
Winslow, as well
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.
The 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.
American Women Through Time
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132