The Info List - Mary Beth Norton

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Mary Beth Norton (born 1943) is an American historian, specializing in American colonial history and well known for her work on women's history and the Salem witch trials. She is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History
at the Department of History
at Cornell University.[1][2] Norton serves as president-elect of the American Historical Association in 2017 and will serve as president of the association in 2018.


1 Biography 2 Works 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Norton was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan
University of Michigan
and her Master of Arts (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University,[1] under Bernard Bailyn. Her doctoral dissertation, The British-Americans, was published by Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown and Company
and won the Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
Prize from the Society of American Historians in 1970.[3] Her book Founding Mothers and Fathers (1996) was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.[1] She was co-editor, To Toil the Livelong Day (1987), Women of America (1979), Major Problems in American Women's History
(4th ed., 2007),[1] and In the Devil's Snare (2002) about the Salem witch trials. She is also noted as one of the authors of the two-volume A People & A Nation, a popular American history textbook, currently in its ninth edition.[4] Norton has served on the National Council on the Humanities, as president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and as vice president for research of the American Historical Association.[1] She also served as the general editor of the AHA Guide to Historical Literature in 1995.[1] Norton was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.[5] She was also elected Speaker of the third Cornell University
Cornell University
Senate. Norton has won grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation,[6] and the Rockefeller Foundation.[1] Norton was elected as president-elect of the American Historical Association in summer 2016. She will serve as president-elect during calendar 2017 and president in 2018.[7] Norton appears in a variety of history programs and documentaries about colonial times, including Salem Witch Trials in the Discovery Channel's Unsolved History
series in 2003[8] and in Witch Hunt on the History
Channel in 2004. She was interviewed in 2008 for the PBS Series History
Detectives, on Season 6, Episode 7, "Front Street Blockhouse.".[9] She appears in Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence in 2011[10] for the Essex National Heritage Commission and the National Park Service[11][12] She also appeared, along with historian Margo Burns, in Season 8, Episode 2 of the TLC genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. TV series), in April, 2016, speaking with actor Scott Foley
Scott Foley
about his ancestor, Samuel Wardwell, who was executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials
Salem witch trials
in 1692.[13] Works[edit]

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In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft
Crisis of 1692. Random House Digital, Inc. 2003. ISBN 9780375706905.  Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800. Cornell University
Cornell University
Press. 1996. ISBN 9780801483479.  Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. Random House Digital, Inc. 1997. ISBN 9780679749776.  Separated By Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World. Cornell University
Cornell University
Press. 2011. ISBN 9780801449499. 


^ a b c d e f g h Norton, Mary Beth, et al. "The Authors: Mary Beth Norton." A People & A Nation, Volume Two: Since 1865 (6th ed.) p. xxiii. ^ http://www.arts.cornell.edu/history/faculty-department-norton.php ^ " Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
Prize - Past Winners". Society of American Historians. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.  ^ Articles written by Norton have been published in William and Mary Quarterly, Signs, and the American Historical Review. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter N" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 16 April 2011.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2012-08-30.  ^ http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/07/mary-beth-norton-lead-american-historical-association ^ "Episode Detail: Salem Witch Trials - Unsolved History". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-01-01.  ^ "Season 6, Episode 7: Front Street Blockhouse transcript" (PDF). History
Detectives. PBS. Retrieved 2010-12-08.  ^ "Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence". Retrieved 2013-01-01.  ^ "Salem Witch Trials Get A Second Look", by G. Jeffrey Macdonald, Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2011 - http://www.essexheritage.org/press/printNewsListing.php?n=32 ^ "Salem Witch Hunt:Examine the Evidence Premieres Oct. 4", Salem Gazette, September 30, 2011 http://www.essexheritage.org/press/09_30_2011%20Salem%20Gazette%20Salem%20Witch%20Hunt%20Examine%20the%20Evidence%20Premieres%20October%204.pdf Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-15. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 

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Presidents of the American Historical Association


Andrew Dickson White
Andrew Dickson White
(1884-85) George Bancroft
George Bancroft
(1886) Justin Winsor
Justin Winsor
(1887) William Frederick Poole
William Frederick Poole
(1888) Charles Kendall Adams
Charles Kendall Adams
(1889) John Jay (1890) William Wirt Henry (1891) James Burrill Angell
James Burrill Angell
(1892-93) Henry Adams
Henry Adams
(1893-94) George Frisbie Hoar
George Frisbie Hoar
(1895) Richard Salter Storrs
Richard Salter Storrs
(1896) James Schouler (1897) George Park Fisher (1898) James Ford Rhodes
James Ford Rhodes
(1899) Edward Eggleston
Edward Eggleston


Charles Francis Adams Jr.
Charles Francis Adams Jr.
(1901) Alfred Thayer Mahan
Alfred Thayer Mahan
(1902) Henry Charles Lea
Henry Charles Lea
(1903) Goldwin Smith
Goldwin Smith
(1904) John Bach McMaster
John Bach McMaster
(1905) Simeon Eben Baldwin
Simeon Eben Baldwin
(1906) J. Franklin Jameson (1907) George Burton Adams (1908) Albert Bushnell Hart
Albert Bushnell Hart
(1909) Frederick Jackson Turner
Frederick Jackson Turner
(1910) William Milligan Sloane
William Milligan Sloane
(1911) Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
(1912) William Archibald Dunning (1913) Andrew C. McLaughlin
Andrew C. McLaughlin
(1914) H. Morse Stephens
H. Morse Stephens
(1915) George Lincoln Burr
George Lincoln Burr
(1916) Worthington C. Ford (1917) William Roscoe Thayer
William Roscoe Thayer
(1918-19) Edward Channing (1920) Jean Jules Jusserand
Jean Jules Jusserand
(1921) Charles Homer Haskins
Charles Homer Haskins
(1922) Edward Potts Cheyney
Edward Potts Cheyney
(1923) Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
(1924) Charles McLean Andrews
Charles McLean Andrews


Dana Carleton Munro
Dana Carleton Munro
(1926) Henry Osborn Taylor (1927) James Henry Breasted
James Henry Breasted
(1928) James Harvey Robinson
James Harvey Robinson
(1929) Evarts Boutell Greene (1930) Carl L. Becker (1931) Herbert Eugene Bolton
Herbert Eugene Bolton
(1932) Charles A. Beard
Charles A. Beard
(1933) William Dodd (1934) Michael Rostovtzeff
Michael Rostovtzeff
(1935) Charles Howard McIlwain (1936) Guy Stanton Ford (1937) Laurence M. Larson (1938) William Scott Ferguson (1939) Max Farrand
Max Farrand
(1940) James Westfall Thompson (1941) Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. (1942) Nellie Neilson (1943) William Linn Westermann
William Linn Westermann
(1944) Carlton J. H. Hayes (1945) Sidney Bradshaw Fay (1946) Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Thomas J. Wertenbaker
(1947) Kenneth Scott Latourette
Kenneth Scott Latourette
(1948) Conyers Read (1949) Samuel Eliot Morison
Samuel Eliot Morison


Robert Livingston Schuyler (1951) James G. Randall (1952) Louis R. Gottschalk (1953) Merle Curti (1954) Lynn Thorndike
Lynn Thorndike
(1955) Dexter Perkins (1956) William L. Langer (1957) Walter Prescott Webb
Walter Prescott Webb
(1958) Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
(1959) Bernadotte Everly Schmitt (1960) Samuel Flagg Bemis (1961) Carl Bridenbaugh (1962) Crane Brinton (1963) Julian P. Boyd (1964) Frederic C. Lane (1965) Roy Franklin Nichols (1966) Hajo Holborn (1967) John K. Fairbank (1968) C. Vann Woodward
C. Vann Woodward
(1969) Robert Roswell Palmer (1970) David M. Potter (1971) Joseph Strayer (1971) Thomas C. Cochran (1972) Lynn Townsend White Jr. (1973) Lewis Hanke (1974) Gordon Wright (1975)


Richard B. Morris (1976) Charles Gibson (1977) William J. Bouwsma (1978) John Hope Franklin (1979) David H. Pinkney (1980) Bernard Bailyn (1981) Gordon A. Craig
Gordon A. Craig
(1982) Philip D. Curtin (1983) Arthur S. Link (1984) William H. McNeill (1985) Carl Neumann Degler (1986) Natalie Zemon Davis
Natalie Zemon Davis
(1987) Akira Iriye (1988) Louis R. Harlan (1989) David Herlihy (1990) William Leuchtenburg (1991) Frederic Wakeman (1992) Louise A. Tilly (1993) Thomas C. Holt (1994) John Henry Coatsworth (1995) Caroline Bynum (1996) Joyce Appleby (1997) Joseph C. Miller (1998) Robert Darnton
Robert Darnton
(1999) Eric Foner
Eric Foner


William Roger Louis (2001) Lynn Hunt (2002) James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson
(2003) Jonathan Spence (2004) James J. Sheehan
James J. Sheehan
(2005) Linda K. Kerber (2006) Barbara Weinstein (2007) Gabrielle M. Spiegel (2008) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
(2009) Barbara D. Metcalf (2010) Anthony Grafton
Anthony Grafton
(2011) William Cronon
William Cronon
(2012) Kenneth Pomeranz
Kenneth Pomeranz
(2013) Jan E. Goldstein (2014) Vicki L. Ruiz (2015) Patrick Manning (2016) Tyler E. Stovall (2017) Mary Beth Norton (2018)

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