John Putnam Demos is an American author and historian. He has written two books which discuss witch-hunts and has discovered that one of his own ancestors was John Putnam Senior, ancestor of the Putnam family which was prominent in the Salem witch trials.
Demos was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Entertaining Satan. He was awarded the 1995 Francis Parkman Prize for his book The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story From Early America.
He retired in December 2008 as the Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University.
Demos lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University.See also
- Raphael Demos (father)
- Entertaining Satan - Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England, Oxford University Press, London, 1982 ISBN 0-19-503378-7
- A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony
- The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (Winner of the Ray Allen Billington Award)
- The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World
- Editor, Remarkable Providences
- Past, Present, and Personal: The Family and the Life Course in American History
- The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
- ^ "Spellbound" -Yale Alumni Magazine, Jan. 2009 Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ Entertaining the Devil in Connecticut - New York Times
- ^ Rakove, Jack N. (19 September 1982). "Review: Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England by John Putnam Demos". NY Times.
- Appearances on C-SPAN