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

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

byT. J. Tomlin

Paperback | April 15, 2017

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A Divinity for All Persuasions uncovers the religious signifiance of early America's most ubiquitous popular genre. Other than a Bible and perhaps a few schoolbooks and sermons, almanacs were the only printed items most Americans owned before 1820. Purchased annually, the almanac was acalendar and astrologically-based medical handbook surrounded by poetry, essays, anecdotes, and a variety of practical information. Employing a wealth of archival material, T.J. Tomlin analyzes the pan-Protestant sensibility distributed through the almanac's pages between 1730 and 1820. By disseminating a collection of Protestant concepts regarding God's existence, divine revelation, the human condition, and the afterlife,almanacs played an unparalleled role in early American religious life. Influenced by readers' opinions and printers' pragmatism, the religious content of everyday print supports an innovative interpretation of early American cultural and religious history. In sharp contrast to a historiographycentered on intra-Protestant competition, Tomlin shows that most early Americans relied on a handful of Protestant "essentials" rather than denominational specifics to define and organize their religious lives.
T.J. Tomlin is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado.
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Title:A Divinity for All Persuasions: Almanacs and Early American Religious LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190669586

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"With its long-needed examination of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century almanacs, T.J. Tomlin's A Divinity for All Persuasions opens remarkable new perspectives on the religious culture of early America. Tomlin's compelling study of thousands of almanacs - arguably the most pervasive texts inAmerica, aside from the Bible - illuminates the enduring power of the new nation's shared Protestant convictions." --Thomas S. Kidd, Professor of History, Baylor University