27 Harrowing Images From The 1830s’ Anti-Slavery Almanacs

Published April 14, 2016
Updated November 28, 2019

The harrowing images in these 1830s anti-slavery almanacs helped reveal the brutality of slavery in the U.S. -- and helped end the practice.

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
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27 Harrowing Images From The 1830s’ Anti-Slavery Almanacs
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Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.