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Neal Salisbury
Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences (History)

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Neal Salisbury teaches and writes about Native American history and colonial-revolutionary North American history. His scholarship centers on indigenous Americans, particularly in the Northeast between 1500 and 1800. His publications include Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643 (Oxford University Press, 1982); an edition of the famous captivity narrative by Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997; originally published in 1682); two volumes of essays, A Companion to American Indian History, edited with Philip J. Deloria (Blackwell, 2002), and Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience, edited with Colin G. Calloway (Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2003); and numerous articles, essays, and reviews. He is the co-author of two textbooks: The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People (Cengage, 8th ed., 2013), a college-level U.S. survey text; and The People: A History of Native America (Cengage, 2007). His essay, “The Atlantic Northeast” will appear in The Oxford Companion to American Indian History, edited by Frederick E. Hoxie, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

His long-range project will extend the story in Manitou and Providence through the Anglo-Indian conflict known as King Philip's War to the late seventeenth century. He co-edits a book series, Cambridge Studies in North American History, with Cambridge University Press, in which eleven volumes have been published to date. He is a past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and has served on the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. During July 2013 he and Alice Nash (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) co-directed a Summer Institute for School Teachers, "Native American at New England: A Historical Overview," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanitites. During spring 2014 he is teaching a colloquium, “Cross-Cultural Captivity in Historical Perspective, 1500-1860” (HST 270_02).