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The American Anti-Slavery Almanac, for 1841

Boston: Webster & Southard
Sevier Collection, E449 .A509, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Almanacs were frequently used to promote political, religious, and social beliefs. Scholarship suggests that almanacs, with their emphasis on numbers, were popular vehicles for Abolitionists to publish in the 1830s, as they associated abolitionism with reason. This Abolitionist almanac includes illustrations of African Americans as contributors to a prosperous society along with the more typical calendrical advice found in most almanacs.  By the 1840s, the time of this publication, Abolitionism was taking root in New England and anti-slavery publishing gradually moved away from almanacs, toward literary conventions.