Almanacs were a popular source of information for literate Americans starting in the 1600s, with the first of these publications focused on weather, horoscopes, and other amusements.

When the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) published the first Anti-Slavery Almanac in 1836 (and for years after that), they sought to educate people on the moral and ethical horrors of slavery, and included graphic images of slaves’ treatment to emphasize the un-Christian nature of the practice. As you’d imagine, these images created quite the controversy:

Anti Slavery Almanacs
anti slavery almanac January 1838
anti slavery almanacs February 1838
March 1838
27 Harrowing Images From The 1830s’ Anti-Slavery Almanacs
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Next, read the powerful stories of five incredibly influential former slaves, and learn the appalling facts about modern slavery.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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