Confederate Almanacs: Harvests and Histories

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS



Confederate Almanacs: Harvests and Histories

“The most famous of American almanacs, Benjamin Franklin‘s Poor Richard’s Almanack, which was published annually from 1732 to 1758, begins each edition by invoking its year’s distance from both the birth of Christ and the year of Creation as calculated by varying ancient cultures,” says historian Jill Spivey Caddell.

“While it was common for almanacs to employ this device to, for instance, mark the year’s distance from the beginning of a monarch’s reign, Franklin’s title page features an unusual onslaught of numbers.

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