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A Divinity for All Persuasions: Almanacs and Early American Religious Life

T.J. Tomlin


A Divinity for All Persuasions investigates the religious significance of early America’s most ubiquitous popular genre. Other than a Bible and perhaps a few schoolbooks, an almanac was the only printed item most people owned before 1820. A calendar surrounded by poetry, medical advice, moral axioms, and amusing anecdotes, the almanac is most often associated with folksy quaintness rather than serious cultural significance. This book uncovers and analyzes the pan-Protestant sensibility distributed through the almanac’s pages between 1730 and 1820. Influenced by readers’ opinions and printers’ ... More

Keywords: religion, history, popular print, almanacs, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199373659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T.J. Tomlin, author
University of Northern Colorado

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Part One An Annual Friend

Part Two The Liturgy of Popular Culture

Part Three Non-Protestants

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