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A Divinity for All Persuasions: Almanacs and Early American by T.J. Tomlin

By T.J. Tomlin

A Divinity for All Persuasions uncovers the non secular signifiance of early America's such a lot ubiquitous renowned style. except a Bible and maybe a number of schoolbooks and sermons, almanacs have been the one revealed goods such a lot americans owned ahead of 1820. bought each year, the almanac was once a calendar and astrologically-based scientific instruction manual surrounded by way of poetry, essays, anecdotes, and numerous useful information.

Employing a wealth of archival fabric, T.J. Tomlin analyzes the pan-Protestant sensibility allotted during the almanac's pages among 1730 and 1820. by means of disseminating a suite of Protestant ideas concerning God's lifestyles, divine revelation, the human , and the afterlife, almanacs performed an unheard of position in early American non secular existence. encouraged through readers' reviews and printers' pragmatism, the spiritual content material of daily print helps an cutting edge interpretation of early American cultural and spiritual historical past. In sharp distinction to a historiography established on intra-Protestant pageant, Tomlin exhibits that the majority early americans trusted a handful of Protestant "essentials" instead of denominational specifics to outline and arrange their spiritual lives.

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