Anti-slavery Almanac 1840 – AA A5122 1840 Vault
Anti-slavery Almanac 1836 – AA A5122 1836 Vault
Anti-slavery Almanac 1843 – AA A5122 1843 Vault

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Print

The American Anti-Slavery Society was one of the most powerful engines for combating slavery in the United States. Founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and other prominent anti-slavery advocates, it used a variety of tactics to fight the institution. Between the Society’s inception and the Civil War, it exerted a significant influence on the American slavery debate and included among its membership such prominent figures as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and Wendell Phillips.

In 1836, the Society began publishing annual almanacs, such as the three displayed here. Almanacs were a popular type of publication, informing farmers and other readers of the year’s expected weather patterns. The Society’s almanacs interspersed these forecasts with imagery and text depicting the horrors of slavery and its harmful effects on Black and white society. In this way, they made a popular medium with seemingly no political connection a powerful tool for promoting the anti-slavery cause.

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